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Aboriginal Heritage Study

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The Eurobodalla Aboriginal Heritage Study was a four-stage project undertaken over a four-year period (2005 to 2008) aiming to improve understandings and protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage in the Eurobodalla Shire.

While the protection and management of non-Aboriginal heritage is well established in local government town planning practice, the protection of Aboriginal heritage had previously lacked an effective and consistent approach. In part this is due to the complexity of Aboriginal heritage, which consists of tangible and intangible elements.

Project stages

  • Stage one: compiled text-based materials relating to the early contact period. Consultation involved telephone contact with LALC representatives, one community workshop and two steering committee meetings.
  • Stage two: was built upon the heritage themes identified in the written record through fieldwork and oral history interviewing.Thirty-seven individual oral histories with Aboriginal knowledge holders were undertaken, as well as group interviews and extensive field assessment. Consultation involved six community workshops at Wallaga Lake, Narooma, Bodalla, Moruya, Mogo and Batemans Bay involving 50 Aboriginal people, 12 field trips involving over 30 Aboriginal people, follow up consultations involving 20 Aboriginal people and four steering committee meetings.
  • Stage three: combined data from Stages One and Two in conjunction with researching gaps identified by the steering committee. Consultation involved six community workshops at Wallaga Lake, Narooma, Bodalla, Moruya, Mogo and Batemans Bay involving 40 Aboriginal people, follow up consultations involving 15 Aboriginal people and three steering committee meetings.
  • Stage four:
    • assessed relevant local government planning legislation and policy including a review of similar Aboriginal heritage projects and protection methodologies in other local government areas
    • assessed the heritage significance of places proposed to be listed in the Local Environment Plans (LEP)
    • developed a draft inventory
    • drafted additional provisions for Council's Local Environmental Plan or Development Control Plans and reviewed Council's Policies and Codes of Practice relating to Aboriginal heritage assessment and consultation with the Aboriginal community.
      Consultation involved six community workshops at Wallaga Lake, Narooma, Bodalla, Moruya, Mogo and Batemans Bay involving 35 Aboriginal people, follow up consultation involving 12 Aboriginal people and three steering committee meetings.

Downloads

You can download the research reports from stages one and two.

For more information

For further details please contact Council's Strategy and Heritage Planner, Stephen Halicki: