Aboriginal heritage

Preserving and respecting past, present and future

The Western Sydney Airport project has and will work with Aboriginal stakeholders to ensure Aboriginal heritage is recorded.

Aboriginal Australians have one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world. Their rich history represents tens of thousands of years of traditions and connection to the land. The Australian Government recognises the cultural and social importance of preserving that heritage.

The Australian Government will continue to work closely with the Aboriginal community, in accordance with appropriate principles and protocols, including those set out by Ask First, A Guide to Respecting Indigenous Heritage Places and Values (Australian Heritage Commission 2002).

Over 70 heritage sites have been recorded at the airport site, all of which are considered to be culturally significant by the Aboriginal stakeholders consulted though the Environmental Impact Statement.

The Environmental Impact Statement identifies ways to preserve the Aboriginal heritage value of the site. Some sites, such as a grinding groove and a scar tree, will be preserved entirely within the environmental conservation zone in the southeast of the airport site. Where heritage cannot be preserved in place, recording and artefact salvaging will take place. Furthermore, the site's cultural heritage will be commemorated in various ways at the airport site.

For more detailed information, see the Aboriginal heritage factsheet and the Environmental Impact Statement.

Further consultation and participation with Aboriginal stakeholders

Aboriginal stakeholders will continue to be consulted on the best way to manage cultural heritage and will play an active role in preserving it. Further participation is being sought from Aboriginal stakeholders in the development of a number of plans to manage the Aboriginal heritage values of the site. These management actions are compulsory and form part of the Western Sydney Airport Plan Conditions.

The Airport Plan describes the types of early Preparatory Activities and the related plans that will be developed in consultation with Aboriginal stakeholders.

This is an important focus for the Aboriginal stakeholder forum on 25 October 2017 PDF: 306 KB ReadSpeaker and an opportunity for Aboriginal stakeholders to be involved in the management of cultural values at the airport site.

25 October 2017
1:00–3:00 pm
St Marys Memorial Hall

To find out more about the Aboriginal Stakeholder Forum, contact the Western Sydney Airport project team.