Council seeks more protection for indigenous heritage in Ku-ring-gai

Published on 28 April 2021

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Ku-ring-gai Council has voted to seek stronger measures to protect indigenous artefacts and sites in the local area. 

Mayor Jennifer Anderson put forward a Mayoral Minute at the Council meeting this week asking her colleagues to support increased protection measures.

The Council previously assessed the value of its indigenous cultural heritage in 1994, through a study that identified a number of sites and artefacts in the local area. 

In her minute Mayor Anderson stated that nearly thirty years later it was timely to review and update appropriate management and called for Council staff to make contact with the First Nations department within the Australian Museum for advice on how to manage Ku-ring-gai’s indigenous heritage. 

The Council resolution also requires staff to investigate funding opportunities through grants for further studies and additional protection measures.

Mayor Anderson said heightened awareness of the importance of indigenous heritage had led to her proposal.

“I would like to ensure that this heritage is respected, appropriately conserved and maintained to ensure our future generations will have the benefit of experiencing the impressive culture of Australia’s First Nation’s people”, the Mayor said.

She added that the Council was already working with the Aboriginal Heritage Office to register indigenous heritage with the NSW Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System. 

“Council staff are also in regular contact with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council about indigenous matters”.

Read the Mayoral Minute.

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au  

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