Following a recent decision in the Supreme Court, the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC) is reviewing a list of 35 sites previously not recognised as meeting the requirements of Section 5. This project is progressing, and updates on individual site reassessments can be found below:
For a full list of reassessed sites, please read the summary of reassessment decisions.
DAA 30274 (LSC11 - Broome), DAA 32446 (Gardarlagun) and DAA 32448 (Gundandu): Update
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) has considered responses received to date as part of the process related the reassessment of Aboriginal heritage place DAA 30274 (LSC11), DAA 32446 (Gardarlagun) and DAA 32448 (Gundandu) in Broome and the West Kimberley region.
Some of the submissions raised concerns around the way the reassessment projects were communicated, and the length of time that had been provided to stakeholders to make a submission.
As a result, DAA has decided to delay the scheduled reassessments to allow more time to work with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders on the site reassessments.
DAA will provide a further opportunity to provide comment on the reassessments once DAA is satisfied that all relevant information has been provided.
For updated information on the LSC11 (Broome) site reassessment, please read the fact sheet. This information will be useful for Broome Shire residents and any other interested stakeholders.
Broome residents and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to sign up for an electronic newsletter. Relevant information will be delivered by email to all those who sign up, when it becomes available. To join our list, email DAAComms@daa.wa.gov.au with Broome news update as the subject line.
DAA 16713 (Collie River):
The ACMC has determined that the Collie River should be considered an Aboriginal Heritage site.
In making this determination, the ACMC also considered the site boundaries, and resolved that the River should only be considered a site up to and including the high water mark, not the 100-year flood line that previously marked the site boundary.
This decision ensures that the 1744 land owners along the Collie River can continue to use their land without the requirement to seek approval for works, whilst recognising and protecting the mythological significance that the Collie River has for Aboriginal people of the South West.
DAA 3537 (Murray River) and DAA 27935 (Hotham River):
The ACMC has determined that the Murray and Hotham Rivers should be considered as Aboriginal Heritage sites.
In making this determination, the ACMC also considered the site boundaries, and resolved that the Rivers should only be considered a site up to and including the high water mark, not the 100-year flood line that previously marked the site boundaries.
This decision ensures that the land owners along the Murray and Hotham Rivers can continue to use their land without the requirement to seek approval for works, whilst recognising and protecting the mythological significance that the Murray River has for Aboriginal people of the South West.
DAA 22874 (Marapikurrinya Yintha - Port Hedland Harbour):
The ACMC has determined that Marapikurrinya Yintha should be considered an Aboriginal Heritage site.
In making its recommendation, the ACMC reviewed a large amount of existing information relevant to the Site, and secured additional information from Traditional Owners.
The ACMC also made recommendations to grant two Section 18 approvals, with conditions, based on the large-scale earthmoving and land modification that has already occurred at Port Hedland Harbour.
These decisions are an example of how the State, proponents and Aboriginal people are able to strike a balance between recognition and development.