The property known as ‘Dorodong’ is located approximately 8 kilometres north of Dorrigo NSW and forms part of the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people. The property is owned by Dorodong Association Incorporated and managed for its conservation, cultural and primary production values. Dorodong is recognised for its ecotourism potential, due to its high level of cultural and natural attributes and close vicinity to regional centres. Dorodong Association recognised it is critical that Aboriginal people be at the forefront of planning for their future prosperity and have been active in looking for every opportunity to improve the wellbeing of their people. Their aspirations for this project are to provide their people with long-term training and employment opportunities. They look forward to seeing the social and economic benefits for their community, ensuring a strong cultural connection to their country in perpetuity.
Ecobalance was engaged to identify the critical planning factors for determining an economically viable ecotourism enterprise at the property known as Dorodong, which could provide training and employment opportunities for Dorodong Association and its respective members.
The proposed ecotourism enterprise could offer two types of accommodation:
The proposed ecotourism enterprise could offer two types of experiences depending on the length of stay:
The activities offered by the ecotourism enterprise should be centred on natural and cultural experiences. They include campfire chats with Gumbaynggirr Elders and bush walks, explaining culture, language, history, bush tucker and hunting skills.