Table 1. Joint management monitoring and evaluation criteria and indicators for Flora River Nature Park

Joint management outcomes and criteria Indicators
Outcome 1. Joint management keeps Wardaman culture strong
1.1 Participation and attendance of Wardaman at on country meetings† 1.1.1 Number of on country meetings held each year
1.1.2 Level of Indigenous involvement in on country meetings
1.1.3 Satisfaction gained from attending on country meetings
1.2 Successful management of the park based on two- way learning‡ 1.2.1 Parks staff demonstrate high level of cultural awareness
1.2.2 Positive attitudes toward western knowledge among the Wardaman
1.2.3 Good examples of two-way learning in the way the park is managed
1.3 High level of satisfaction among Traditional Owners about the protection of significant cultural sites§ 1.3.1 Satisfaction among Traditional Owners about adherence to conditions for access to cultural sites and their protection.
Outcome 2: Real benefits accrue to the Wardaman from joint management
2.1 Wardaman get employment from the joint management arrangements. 2.1.1 Level of employment of Traditional Owners in meaningful jobs in the park
2.1.2 Satisfaction among Wardaman about the employment benefits associated with joint management
2.2 Contracts and projects are undertaken by the Wardaman 2.2.1 Percentage allocation in the budget for Traditional Owner employment, projects and contracts
2.2.2 Level of satisfaction of both partners regarding the delivery of service contracts in the park
2.3 Feasibility for enterprise in the park is assessed and discussed 2.3.1 Satisfaction with outcomes of feasibility studies/assessments for enterprises in the park
Outcome 3: Good dreaming among partners involved in joint management|
3.1 Good dreaming among partners involved in joint management 3.1.1 Wardaman are satisfied with joint management relationship and processes
3.2 Good communications among partners over joint management 3.2.1 Good involvement in, and understanding of, planning procedures and money story among the Wardaman
3.2.2 Wardaman are satisfied with the amount of knowledge they hold on key aspects of park management.
3.2.3 Wardaman satisfied that their concerns are addressed during planning processes.
3.2.4 Cultural information about the park is readily available
Outcome 4: Good park management
4.1 Good management of the park so that country is healthy ¶ 4.1.1 Good biodiversity outcomes from the operational plan on fire, weeds, and feral animals
4.1.2 Good partnerships with other key stakeholders in the park, i.e., stakeholders other than Parks and Wardaman.

4.2 Strong Tourism
4.2.1 Visitors to the park are satisfied with the park.
4.2.2 Infrastructure in the park and around the camps and other areas is well maintained.
4.2.3 Partners are satisfied that messages and images of the park are consistent with the Park’s values
Outcome 5: Effective participation by Wardaman in decision making in the park
5.1 Effective participation by Wardaman in decision making in the park 5.1.1 Good attendance and participation in meetings at Parks Katherine office by Wardaman
5.1.2 Good relations between Wardaman and Parks officials
5.1.3 Clarity of roles and responsibilities among all stakeholders
5.1.4 Strong and effective joint management committee
5.2 Level of effectiveness in conducting meetings 5.2.1 Good facilitation in the meetings
†On country” refers to Aboriginal ancestral lands for which they are responsible, in this case Flora River park and phrases such as “on country” are used to refer to activities in the park.

‡Two-way learning refers to the sharing and application of both Indigenous and western knowledge in park management.

§Aboriginal Traditional Owners and Wardaman of Flora River park are used interchangeably.

|Good dreaming refers to good relationships between the partners involved in protecting the park

¶Healthy country refers to the good condition of all aspects of the park, including sacred sites.