Shoalhaven City Council have endorsed the development of a Plan of Management for land on Coolangatta Mountain.
Council will need to allocate funding towards the Plan of Management in the 2016/17 budget to ensure the project moves ahead.
Coolangatta Mountain, also known as Cullunghutti, is a spiritually significant landmark for local Aboriginal communities and beyond.
The Plan of Management is being developed to further protect the Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the site while also considering recreational, public and educational access.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said Council would work closely with the Aboriginal community along with local residents and other key stakeholders in developing the Plan of Management.
“Cullunghutti Mountain is an extremely historic and iconic location within the Shoalhaven,” said Clr Gash.
“The location holds a special cultural and spiritual connection for Aboriginal people between La Perouse and Lake Tyers in Victoria.
“Council undertook an extensive community consultation period earlier this year regarding a proposal to transfer the land to the National Parks.”
“However, the responses received didn’t support the land transfer to National Parks and supported the area remaining a well utilised space for recreational activities including horse riding and bush walking.”
“The development of a site specific plan would enable Council to both recognise the cultural significance of Cullunghutti while also ensuring recreational activities on the land.”
Mayor, Gash said Council appreciated the role of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and their continued commitment to working closely with the Aboriginal community and other agencies in developing the plan and recognising the cultural significance of this area.
The Mayor said the proposed Management Plan would be co-ordinated with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170