Over the years, most of FOMS’ focus has been on mound springs in the vicinity of Lake Eyre, areas over which the Arabana community has Native Title. However, there are highly important springs out to the north-east towards Lake Callabonna and, in 2020 and 2021, FOMS visited a number of springs in this area. Of particular interest are Reedy Springs, Public House Springs and Petermorra Springs on Murnpeowie Station – an area where the Dieri community has Native Title.
In September 2022, a meeting of the Dieri community was held at Marree – coordinated by Stephen Kenny from the legal firm Camatta Lempens Pty Ltd. FOMS representatives Colin Harris, Bruce Gotch and Simon Lewis attended with Colin giving a presentation to the group on behalf of FOMS. Representatives of BHP also attended so this was a good opportunity to establish liaison with the Dieri and to build on previous communication with BHP personnel.
At the meeting the Dieri made it clear that they are keen to see better protection for mound springs on their Native Title area so FOMS will be looking to build on this initial contact to develop collaborative programs with the Dieri, relevant pastoral lessees and others.