Aboriginal heritage

Preserving and respecting past, present and future

The Western Sydney Airport project has and will work with Indigenous groups 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 has worked closely with the Aboriginal community, in accordance with the guidelines set out by Ask First, A Guide to Respecting Indigenous Heritage Places and Values (Australian Heritage Commission 2002).

Seventy-four Aboriginal heritage sites have been recorded at the airport site, all of which have significance. Construction of the Stage 1 development will affect 39 of these sites.

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.

Aboriginal stakeholders will continue to be consulted on the best way to manage cultural heritage and will play an active role in preserving it.

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