Local Aboriginal heritage receives protection

Released 10/04/2017

A corroboree ground and Aboriginal cultural area along the Queanbeyan river has received provisional heritage registration, while a site in Griffith where Aboriginal people camped in the 1940s was accepted to the heritage register at the latest meeting of the ACT Heritage Council.

The Council also made a decision on the Oaks Estate nomination

“Canberra is blessed to have a rich Aboriginal history with many sites already listed on the ACT heritage register, and hundreds more protected by heritage legislation,” David Flannery, Chair of the ACT Heritage Council said.

“The latest to receive protection through provisional registration is the corroboree ground and Aboriginal cultural area along the Queanbeyan river. It represents an important location for traditional Aboriginal ceremonies and burial practices.

“Council also accepted a nomination to the heritage register for Red Hill camp in Griffith used by Aboriginal people in the late 1940s. It is colloquially referred to as ‘the last campsite of the Ngunnawal’ and is the only known site of its kind in the ACT.”

Mr Flannery said that following careful deliberation, the Council also decided not to include Oaks Estate on the heritage register.

“Oaks Estate, like every other suburb in Canberra, has an important place in our local history but to meet the requirements of our heritage legislation it would need to be strongly demonstrated it has been critical to the development and cultural history of the ACT.

“Some places within Oaks Estate, such as The Oaks and Robertsons’ House, are already listed on the ACT Heritage Register, but the precinct as a whole does not meet the criteria.

“Council acknowledges it has taken some time to finalise this decision, but it was a complicated decision which involved consideration of the values of every one of the 117 blocks that make up the entire suburb as well as extensive research into local history of the area. We hope that now the decision has been made it provides certainty for owners and residents of the suburb.”

To see all the Heritage Council nominations and decisions visit www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage

Consultation on the provisional registration opens on 11 April 2017 and closes on 8 May 2017. Visit www.yoursay.act.gov.au to comment.

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