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Abstract

The standard way of reporting used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics does not accurately take into consideration all the aspects that contribute to Indigenous well-being, specifically environmental goods and services derived from the use of “country”. Using participatory mapping and an economics approach to measuring utility, this qualitative work provides information on the contribution which ecological factors make to the well-being of the Mullunburra-Yidinji people. Results show a link between the use of ‘country’ and wellbeing. These results are relevant to land use planners and highlight that indicators of wellbeing directly related to the environment should be included to measure Aboriginal wellbeing adequately.

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