Aboriginal cultural heritage
The Tweed has a long and rich Aboriginal cultural history. It is estimated that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Tweed for at least 40,000 years, based on evidence and current 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).
Read more about Aboriginal cultural heritage on the Tweed Regional Museum website.
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan (ACHMP)
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 (ACHMP)(PDF, 14MB) on 5 July 2018.
The ACHMP builds on the 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.
For further information contact Council’s Strategic Planning and Urban Design Unit on 02 6670 2400.
Aboriginal Place of Heritage Significance Mapping
Note: the mapping is also available on Council's online mapping website.
To assist you to find the correct map sheet, please refer to the map grid(PDF, 3MB).
- Map sheet 001(PDF, 740KB)
- Map sheet 001C(PDF, 307KB)
- Map sheet 001D(PDF, 293KB)
- Map sheet 002(PDF, 647KB)
- Map sheet 002E(PDF, 326KB)
- Map sheet 003(PDF, 218KB)
- Map sheet 004(PDF, 502KB)
- Map sheet 005(PDF, 528KB)
- Map sheet 006(PDF, 370KB)
- Map sheet 007(PDF, 387KB)
- Map sheet 008(PDF, 345KB)
- Map sheet 009(PDF, 223KB)
- Map sheet 010(PDF, 383KB)
- Map sheet 011(PDF, 463KB)
- Map sheet 012(PDF, 376KB)
- Map sheet 013(PDF, 334KB)
- Map sheet 014(PDF, 598KB)
- Map sheet 015(PDF, 649KB)
- Map sheet 016(PDF, 299KB)
- Map sheet 017(PDF, 390KB)
- Map sheet 018(PDF, 399KB)
- Map sheet 019(PDF, 370KB)
- Map sheet 020(PDF, 376KB)
- Map sheet 021(PDF, 590KB)
- Map sheet 022(PDF, 807KB)
- Map sheet 023(PDF, 555KB)
- Map sheet 024(PDF, 493KB)
- Map sheet 025(PDF, 540KB)
- Map sheet 026(PDF, 477KB)
- Map sheet 027(PDF, 305KB)
Aboriginal cultural heritage information series
State Legislation and Guidelines
The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act), administered by the Office of NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), 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: