‘Burnanga’ – Australia’s first indigenous fishing club

Corey and Caitlin at Workshop One. Photo: Colleen Hughson

Mentee: Corey Walker, Murray-Darling Basin Authority
Mentor: Caitlin Davis, Victorian Environmental Water Holder

Watch their Twinning video

Corey and Caitlin were keen to work together on developing an idea that enabled Aboriginal people to be directly involved in making decisions about how to manage water and fish in culturally appropriate ways.  After trying out a few ideas, Corey, with help from Caitlin and their combined networks, established Victoria’s  first ever Indigenous fishing club.  Covid prevented Caitlin from meeting Corey on country, but they are hoping to get together early this year to celebrate the success of the newly established ‘Burnanga’ Indigenous Fishing Club.

The club has more than 30 members and is named ‘ Burnanga’, which means ‘Murray cod’ in the traditional language of the Yorta Yorta people. Corey and Caitlin share their story in the following videos.  The first one is their Twinning Graduation presentation, and the second is one that Corey developed to let people know more about the new Indigenous Fishing Club.

Corey and Caitlin’s Twinning Graduation Video

Burnanga Indigenous Fishing Club

You can follow the fishing club on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Burnanga/


The Waterway Management Twinning Program is a structured mentoring program, focusing on improving the on-ground delivery of current Victorian riparian restoration projects. This Program provides an opportunity for the most effective approaches to be shared and adopted between all those working in waterway management across the State.