ST: Protecting Culturally Significant Sites

Identify and manage significant sites to protect their cultural and natural values.

Why it is important?

Protecting culturally significant sites is important to maintain the ongoing cultural connection to country for Traditional Owners. Natural features like waterways were important gathering points and provided food resources, while other sites were used for ceremonies or camps. Individual trees with carvings or scarring are important cultural markers. Identifying these areas and keeping them healthy gives good cultural and environmental outcomes.

Examples of Local Action

  • Indigenous ranger programs.
  • Accessing traditional country to practice native title rights.
  • Protecting the headwaters of the rivers in our country (Barron and Herbert Rivers both start in Jirrbal country).

Contribution to Regional Priority

Establish an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Mapping and Management Centre to inform policy, planning and project development and guarantee protection of cultural values and sites.

Local Landscape:

Southern Tablelands

Regional Theme:

Cultural Connection


Barron, Johnstone