Womindjika (Welcome) to Djandak
(Dja Dja Wurrung Country)
Giyakiki | The DJANDAK Story
Based in Bendigo, Victoria, Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises Pty Ltd, trading as DJANDAK, is owned and operated by Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners of Central Victoria. DJANDAK (the Enterprise) works on Djandak (Dja Dja Wurrung Country).
We are committed to restoring health to Djandak (Dja Dja Wurrung Country) for the benefit of all who are privileged to share Djandak. We share custodianship of this place. DJANDAK is a Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung People) owned and run business operating on our traditional lands.
We are leading the way in applying First Nations connection to Country to our modern context as a competitive commercial enterprise. DJANDAK works for the economic development of Djaara People. We are purpose-driven, our mission is to return Djandak to good health while walking with our People along the path to self-determination.
djaa walatjalang | Love of Country
Dhelk Djuwima | Our Services
DJANDAK specialises in embedding Djaara values and Djaara aspirations into the environment, policy and infrastructure. Our highly skilled, professional teams have a broad range of disciplines and experiences that work collaboratively on a diverse range of projects. We work in partnership with Government bodies, local industries and the broader community.
When you engage DJANDAK you play an integral part in keeping Djandak (Dja Dja Wurrung Country) healthy and supporting Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung People). This support has great impact now and for future generations.
Djaara Centred Design
We put Djaara’s cultural connection to, and understanding of Djandak at the core of the projects we work on so that the whole community can benefit and connect to our culture.
We embed Djaara values into the built environment.
We work with our stakeholders to walk the pathways needed to heal the waterways, rivers and wetlands of Djandak.
We heal water.
Natural Resource Management
We provide a range of environmental and landscaping services, using Djaara cultural and ecological knowledge. Our NRM activities include revegetation, weed management, pest animal control and game management.
We heal Country.
We perform arboricultural and large scale tree works to improve forest health and inform management of open spaces and broad-acre grasslands.
We are the gardeners of Djandak
We are focused on returning good health to Djandak and to help Djaara People get back onto Country. We are in partnership with DEECA and other agencies to deliver the Joint Fuel Management Program across Djandak.
We heal forests and landscape
We work together with Dja Dja Wurrung members, DJAARA, local and state government agencies to embed Djaara values and knowledge into complex place-based projects.
We create Djaara Places
Photography by Paul Shaw
Our Work In Focus
DJANDAK is a diverse, growing business which puts Dja Dja Wurrung values, culture and well-being at the centre of our projects. We deliver projects of all types and sizes, for a range of clients and organisations. We emphasise a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach which draws on the professional expertise and cultural knowledge of Djaara People and all our staff. Our major projects benefit from collaborative input across the Dja Dja Wurrung Group to ensure we provide reliable, cost effective, culturally appropriate outcomes for our clients and our stakeholders, while we work towards delivering on the aspirations of Djaara as described in Dhelkunya Dja (Dja Dja Wurrung Country Plan). At DJANDAK we have Djaa Walatjalang (Love of Country).
Established in 2014 DJANDAK, meaning ‘Country’ in Dja Dja Wurrung language, is committed to self-determination and community wellbeing by establishing a sustainable economic foundation.
DJANDAK embodies the essence of a ‘traditional way of business’, combining contemporary economic pursuits with the preservation of our rich Dja Dja Wurrung culture.
DJANDAK fuses cultural integrity with sustainable economic growth. With ambitious goals, a commitment to Djaara values, and a visionary approach, DJANDAK is not only leading across Country, but is also a model of responsible and culturally attuned business practices.
DJANDAK is a business by DJAARA for Djaara people.
Our key stakeholders
At DJANDAK, we’re driven by the power of partnerships. We work with a range of stakeholders including:
- State Government Agencies – including Parks Victoria, DEECA
- Local Government Authorities operating on Djandak – including Ballarat City, Buloke Shire, Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Hepburn Shire, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Mitchell Shire, Moorabool Shire, Mount Alexander Shire, Northern Grampians Shire, Pyrenees Shire
- Catchment Management Authorities
- Industry – including various Architectural firms, Engineering firms and other technical business
- Not For Profits – including Bush Heritage, Landcare
- Volunteer led groups – including various Friends groups and environmental groups
- Private Land Managers working on Djandak
Together, we aim to make a positive impact by preserving our heritage, fostering sustainability, and continuing to restore health to Djandak. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about how DJANDAK can help your project.
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