Sarah Eccles is a Wadawurrung woman who is passionate about looking after Country and seeing First Nations values and cultural connections incorporated in continuing to look after the coast for the benefit of everyone.
She is involved in her Wadawurrung community’s work supporting the implementation of the Wadawurrung Country Plan. Working for the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (WTOAC) in the Gobata Dja – Caring for Country team as a Healthy Country Project Officer. Sarah’s work looks after culture and Country, with a focus on warre (sea) and coastal Dja (Country) along the surf coast. Sharing Wadawurrung cultural connections and supporting her Wadawurrung people to self-determine their future.
Sarah has over 20 years' experience working in Caring for Country.
In planning, community engagement, business development, conservation and cultural heritage management in a range of government and non-government roles within Victoria and throughout Australia.
She has been a Bush Crew member, a Park Ranger, Koori Land-based Industry-Business Officer, an independent consultant, and an Aboriginal partnership officer at national conservation ngo, Bush Heritage where she supported the development of an Aboriginal Partnerships program.
Sarah brings a mix of experience from governance to on the ground practical management activities towards seeing the sustainable management of Dja along the Great Ocean Road, for all to enjoy and value it into the future.