Aboriginal Heritage management - 2006

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What does the Data tell us for 2006

The Shoalhaven LGA Aboriginal Heritage Study

Lower Shoalhaven River Valley Aboriginal Cultural Mapping Places Project: Community Report

Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System

Culturally important places in the Shoalhaven

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nowra

National Park Management Programs

Shoalhaven High School Aboriginal Students Mentoring Program

The Shoalhaven LGA Aboriginal Heritage Study

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.

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Lower Shoalhaven River Valley Aboriginal Cultural Mapping Places Project: Community Report

The South Coast Region Parks and Wildlife Division (PWD) of DEC  has undertaken a study of the Regional Parks around Nowra - 'Lower Shoalhaven 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.

The final report on the lower Shoalhaven is a technical document specifically for the management of Aboriginal heritage values on National Parks and Wildlife Service Estate.

Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System

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

Culturally important places in the Shoalhaven

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.

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nowra

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.

National Park Management Programs

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 Advisory Committee.

Shoalhaven High School Aboriginal Students Mentoring Program

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.

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