NEW CULTURAL STUDY

Lachlan Shire Council is undertaking an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Study. Image Contributed.

Lachlan Shire Council is undertaking an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Study.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the local Aboriginal community, Lachlan Shire Council has engaged a specialised heritage consultancy firm to conduct the research. Dubbo-based OzArk Environment and Heritage will identify, assess and record items and places of Aboriginal cultural significance in Lachlan Shire.

“The study will provide the Aboriginal community and wider Lachlan Shire community with an historical record of the local Aboriginal people,” a statement from Lachlan Shire Council on Tuesday, 15 September, said.

“This will enable recommendations to be made for the management and conservation of significant Aboriginal cultural heritage property and guide Council in developing sound management guidelines and policies.

“These policies will then be implemented as part of Council’s planning policy and development assessment processes to assist in minimising any possible impact on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.
“The study will be conducted in close consultation with the local Aboriginal community and aims to provide information to nurture a sense of identity, ownership and cultural awareness. It is expected to assist Elders in passing on knowledge to both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community and assist Council with Heritage tourism strategies.”

If you are a local Aboriginal community member and would like to provide information about relevant heritage sites that you are aware of, please email Council@lachlan.nsw.gov.au by October 23, 2020 or phone David Lornie during office hours on 6895 1900.

The study questionnaire can be found at: https://www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au/f.ashx/Aboriginal-Cultural-Heritage-Study-questions.pdf