NSW Office of Environment and Heritage | Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Workshops and Webinar05.03.2018
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is holding workshops across NSW to gain feedback on proposed reforms to the way in which Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed.
The draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 is open for comment until 6 April.
The objects of the Bill are:
- to recognise that Aboriginal cultural heritage belongs to Aboriginal people and accordingly establish a legislative framework that reflects Aboriginal people’s responsibility for and authority over Aboriginal cultural heritage
- to recognise Aboriginal cultural heritage as a living culture that is intrinsic to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people
- to establish effective processes for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage and for regulating activities that may cause harm to that heritage so as to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal people and the wider NSW community
- to provide for the collection and use of information about Aboriginal cultural heritage in a culturally sensitive manner to support effective planning, conservation and regulatory actions and to enable the monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes of those actions
- to promote understanding of and respect for Aboriginal cultural heritage among all NSW people
- to enable and support voluntary actions that conserve Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Workshops will take place across NSW during March 2018. View dates and locations, and register online.
A webinar on the regulatory proposed reforms will be held on 12 March 2018. Register online.
This article originally appeared in the Local Government New South Wales ‘The Weekly’, on 2 March 2018.