Part­ner­ship to pro­tect abo­rig­i­nal her­itage sites

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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

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