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The Victorian Government acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters on which we live and work and pays respect to Elders past and present.

The Victorian Government acknowledges and thanks the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust and Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust communities (Trust Communities) for their leadership and contribution to the independent review of the Aboriginal Lands Act 1970 (the Review).

The Victorian Government thanks the two independent reviewers, Mr Jason Behrendt and Mr Timothy Goodwin, for their dedication to and principled engagement with the Review process. The government acknowledges the invaluable contributions of many First Peoples from the Trust Communities who have paved the way and fought for the rights of First Peoples, including the right to true self-determination.

From time immemorial, First Peoples in Victoria have practised their Law and Lore, customs and languages, and nurtured Country through their spiritual, cultural, material and economic connections to land, water and resources. The Victorian Government acknowledges the strength and resilience of First Peoples in the face of colonisation, dispossession and historic and ongoing injustices, and the survival of First Peoples living cultures, knowledge and traditions.