The NSW Government is reforming the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in New South Wales. The Office of Environment and Heritage is staging a series of workshops across NSW to gauge community views on the "Draft Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Bill 2018".
NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) Chair Roy Ah-See has urged Aboriginal people to have their say on the culture and heritage bill.
"Culture and heritage reform is vitally important to Aboriginal people. The current laws don't do enough to protect our culture and heritage and don't provide any decision-making rights for Aboriginal people.
"For too long the focus has been on regulating the destruction of our culture and heritage, rather than protect it for future generations.
"Every other State has stand-alone or updated Aboriginal culture and heritage legislation so it's critical that the Land Rights network and Aboriginal people engage in these workshops."
HOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY:
- To attend a workshop, register here; http://marciaellaconsulting.com.au/draft-aboriginal-cultural-heritage-legislation-public-consultation/ach-registration-form/
- To email your written submission, send it to: email@example.com
- To post your written submission, send it to:
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
PO Box A290
Sydney South, NSW 1232
- To make a verbal submission call: 131 555 (option 3) and ask to leave a verbal submission. These can be up to 5 minutes long.
- To make an online submission, visit: https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal-cultural-heritage-survey