What does the Data tell us for 2006
The Department of Environment & Conservation (DEC) will commence Stage 3, in partnership with council, of the Shoalhaven LGA Aboriginal Heritage Study during 2006/07. The 3rd stage of this study involves archaeological sensitivity & predictive modelling (including ground truthing). The projected outcomes include the production of an archaeological sensitivity map across the local government area with a predictive model to determine likelihood of the occurrence of Aboriginal sites. This will lead into stage 4 with a planning framework that appropriately incorporates all Aboriginal heritage values including Aboriginal cultural protocols which ensures Aboriginal community involvement in planning decisions.
A research data audit of archival and research material on Shoalhaven Aboriginal communities was compiled in Stage 1 during 2004/05.
An oral history project was then undertaken in Stage 2 during 2005/06 and is due for completion in 2006/07.
River Valley Aboriginal Cultural Mapping Places Project: Community Report
This included the
engagement of the local Nowra Aboriginal community to produce a oral history
component. These were representatives from the Arwon Elders group, Shoalhaven
Aboriginal Corporation of Elders and Friends, and individuals residing in Nowra.
This document has been provided to the Aboriginal community group participants.
It is understood at the time of writing this SoE that copies of the report have
found their way into local school libraries as an Aboriginal studies teaching
resource. Copyright remains with DEC however access to the information contained
in the report is recognised as the cultural property of the informants.
Engagement with these organisation/people and the DEC (ie. copyright) should be
undertaken to request use of the information contained in the document.
DEC also maintains a Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS). More information about AHIMS can be obtained from the PWD website at http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/Home
Some of the culturally important Aboriginal
places in the Shoalhaven include Coolangatta Mountain, Bundarwa (Beecroft
Headland), Cambewarra Mountain, Didthul (Pigeon House Mountain), Kangaroo
Valley, Burrill Lake, and Murramarang Aboriginal Area and environs. This list is
not exhaustive but is an indication of the breadth of important places in the
cultural landscape of the Shoalhaven LGA.
A booklet (Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nowra) details stories about Aboriginal women growing up in the Shoalhaven. Copies can be found at the Nowra PWD office.
The South Coast Region Parks and Wildlife Division (PWD) of DEC engages with local
Aboriginal community groups (as per DEC Corporate Strategies) on specific on park
management programs, including Aboriginal Heritage Values of Lake Wollumboola within
NSW Jervis Bay National Park, and Aboriginal Use of Resources in Murramarang
National Park. The South Coast Region Parks and Wildlife Division (PWD) of DEC also has two Aboriginal community representatives on its Regional
The South Coast Region Parks and Wildlife Division (PWD) of DEC engages with the elders of the local community through the Shoalhaven High School Aboriginal Students Mentoring Program where students participate in cultural activities conducted by officers (including Aboriginal staff) of PWD and Cultural Heritage Division (CHD). This program has been operating for several years and has been well received as an opportunity to encourage Aboriginal students career goals.