Land returned to Vic traditional owners

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Victoria's largest conservation reserve will be returned to its traditional owners in a historic land transfer.

Neds Corner Station, which serves as an ecosystem for native plants and animals, will be handed over to the First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation (FPMMAC) by owner Trust for Nature as part of reconciliation efforts.

It comes 20 years after the not-for-profit first purchased the 30,000-hectare pastoral grazing property in northwest Victoria.

Norman (Tinawin) Wilson, chair of FPMMAC, said the move will help restore sustainable cultural practices on Ngintait Country.

"The hand-back of our traditional lands is an historic occasion for our people," Mr Wilson said.

"Our lands were stolen, and our people killed, but we are still here today. Having our land back will allow us to restore our cultural practices, and care for the land and river properly."

Trust for Nature chair Gayle Austen said it is a proud moment in the state's history.

"We look forward to an ongoing partnership to protect, conserve and restore this amazing place," she said.

The handover has been supported by $2 million from the Victorian government for continued conservation works.

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