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NSW Government's Aboriginal heritage reforms on exhibition

Tuesday 10 October 2017

The NSW Government is reforming the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in New South Wales and is seeking community feedback to help refine the proposed new system.

Eurobodalla Council is encouraging the community to get involved in the process, particularly Aboriginal people and those in the local development industry.

The planned legislative reforms will explicitly recognise Aboriginal ownership of their cultural heritage and give Aboriginal people decision-making authority.  

They are also aimed at providing clear and consistent processes for development, with new maps detailing Aboriginal heritage to provide certainty for developers and home builders before they submit development applications to local councils.

The proposed new system has been developed in response to feedback on a draft reform model released in September 2013.

Information sessions and workshops are being held across NSW including Bega, Nowra and Queanbeyan.  

Anyone can attend and details are available on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website, along with more information about the reforms and how to make a submission.

Submissions close on 18 December 2017.