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Heritage items and places

NSW Heritage Inventory

A full list items and places recognised for their heritage value and listed on the NSW State Heritage Inventory can be found on the Heritage NSW website.

Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System

The NSW Office of Heritage NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet maintains the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) which includes:

  • information about Aboriginal objects that have been reported to the Director General, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • information about Aboriginal Places which have been declared by the Minister for Heritage to have special significance with respect to Aboriginal culture
  • archaeological reports.

AHIMS is used by government, industry and heritage professionals who need the information for land-use planning, regulation and conservation management.  It is also used by Aboriginal communities to help them manage, conserve and protect local sites and heritage.  Some of the many reasons people and organisations require information from AHIMS is for natural resource management, cultural heritage assessments, archaeological surveys, development proposals, property purchases and oral history projects.

Connecting with Country

The focus of the Connecting with Country project has been to determine the location and cultural heritage significance of 36 places identified by knowledge holders during the Eurobodalla Aboriginal Heritage Study as potentially containing cultural materials. The multi disciplinary approach primarily involved an archaeologist, Aboriginal sites officers, an anthropologist, Aboriginal knowledge holders and Aboriginal youth who worked together to integrate the oral, archaeological and historical evidence concerning each of the 36 locations and to pass cultural knowledge onto future generations.

The final Connecting with Country report is available for download in four parts;

Although many of these places had not been visited for some time for a variety of reasons (e.g. lack of resources, land tenure and access) they continued to hold cultural heritage values to the Aboriginal community. The project assisted Aboriginal elders and members of younger generations to access and re-visit important Aboriginal cultural heritage places, to facilitate the transmission of intergenerational cultural knowledge and to identify particular conservation and management needs.

The project was made possible with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities as part of their Indigenous Heritage Program. This project would not have been possible without the focus and dedication of the Eurobodalla Aboriginal community, the Eurobodalla Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Eurobodalla Shire Council staff.

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