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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan 2018

The Tweed has a long Aboriginal cultural history over up to 40,000 years, based on current evidence and knowledge. This long history of settlement has naturally resulted in both tangible and intangible Aboriginal cultural heritage within the landscape. The protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage is [currently] managed through the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. Draft stand-alone Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation and a draft Bill was released for public exhibition late 2017 - early 2018 by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

With the aims of acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal cultural heritage (ACH) and improving the understanding of ACH, Tweed Shire Council adopted the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan 2018 (13.6mB PDF) on 5 July 2018.

The ACHMP builds on current legislative framework of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974 and the draft standalone Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation and Bill providing clear practices and processes to assist the understanding of the sensitivity and occurrence of Aboriginal cultural heritage. It provides pathways for ensuring that individuals have the right tools and information at their disposal to meet their obligations under the law and to enable cultural heritage to be properly assessed and managed.

The ACHMP is supported by a Thematic History and incorporates a written management plan and shire-wide mapping of Aboriginal Place of Heritage Significance (known cultural heritage) and Predictive Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Further Information

Should you require any further information, contact Council’s Strategic Planning and Urban Design Unit on (02) 6670 2503.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage State Legislation and Guidelines

The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) (external link) , administered by the Office of NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) (external link) , is the primary legislation for the protection of some aspects of Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales. Other relevant legislation is the NSW Heritage Act, 1977 and the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

The OEH provides a range of guidelines to assist proponents and councils meet their legislative requirements, as follows:

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 1 Tweed's Aboriginal Community (556kB PDF)
Fact Sheet 2 Understanding the ACHMP (791kB PDF)
Fact Sheet 3 ACHMP FAQs (926kB PDF)
Fact Sheet 4 Understanding the Mapping (1.76mB PDF)
Fact Sheet 5 Known Aboriginal Cultural Heritage (725kB PDF)
Fact Sheet 6 Predicitive Aboriginal Cultural Heritage (597kB PDF)

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