Have your say on new legislation

Barrington Tops National Park has a connection to several Aboriginal groups. Photo courtesy of Office of Environment and Heritage
Barrington Tops National Park has a connection to several Aboriginal groups. Photo courtesy of Office of Environment and Heritage

For the first time ever, NSW will have stand-alone legislation for the State’s Aboriginal cultural heritage and the NSW Government is asking for your contribution.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell and Minister for Heritage Gabrielle Upton have released draft legislation to better conserve and manage Aboriginal cultural heritage for public consultation.

The draft legislation incorporates feedback from the community and offers a model where Aboriginal people can actively influence and make decisions around heritage conservation.

It’s part of the NSW Government’s commitment to create a stronger voice for Aboriginal peoples in the celebration, promotion and protection of their cultural heritage. The draft represents a better understanding of living culture and connection to country.

Under the draft legislation, Aboriginal cultural heritage now includes living and traditional heritage, intangible and tangible values as well as objects and artefacts.

An online portal has been set up with a range of materials to help people understand the proposed changes and provide feedback.

A series of public workshops will be held at 20 locations across NSW to listen to feedback from the community.  A workshop will be held in Port Macquarie on March 23.

Public consultation closes Friday, April 6, 2018.

Barrington Tops National Park

Barrington Tops National Park and the adjoining State Conservation Area are the traditional land of several Aboriginal groups, including the Worimi and Biripi people, the Gringai clan of the Worimi people and Wonnarua people.

The rainforests of Barrington Tops offered a wealth of resources for Aboriginal people, including many edible fruits, like the native cherry, lilly pilly and figs.

Today, the history of Aboriginal people in Barrington Tops is recorded in oral history and in the presence of Aboriginal sites.

Information courtesy of the Office of Environment and Heritage