Partnership to protect aboriginal heritage sites
ABORIGINAL campsites on two western region stations have been protected through a partnership between landholders, Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Lands Council (LALC) and Western Local Land Services (LLS).
The work has been carried out at multiples sites on both Mundadoo and Kimbriki stations, on the tribal lands of the Ngemba people, 110km south of Brewarrina in an area known locally as The Marra.
The areas include hearth sites (ground ovens) and stone tools, and the protection work is particularly important to the Ngemba community and landholders of both properties because without intervention, further erosion is likely which would have put the sites at great risk of being damaged beyond recognition and rendered unsalvageable.
Following a number of inspections, it was decided the best way to protect these sites was through groundcover regrowth and to replace soil to encourage the growth of a number of plant species.
WLLS Officer Aboriginal Communities, Blackie Gordon, was pleased with the outcome of the project.
“I was so passionate about this project getting started and working alongside local Aboriginal elders and site knowledge holders to build relationships with landholders across the Western region,” Mr Gordon said.
“Prior to this project commencing we carried out Aboriginal cultural heritage surveys to ensure no (other) Aboriginal sites would be impacted.”
The properties involved in this project are the first of many planned to be surveyed by WLLS.
Do you know of an Aboriginal or historical site that needs protecting? Contact your nearest WLLS office on 1300 795 299. Edward Gordon and Cecil, who carried out surveys at Kimbriki and Mundadoo before works were carried out, inspect the remnants from hearth sites (ground ovens) and other artefacts such as stone tools which are spread across the scalded areas. PHOTO: SUPPLIED