If you’re interested in having input on how to better recognise Newcastle’s Aboriginal history and manage the city’s heritage assets, read on.
A rich portfolio of local conservation areas and buildings are noted for their character and heritage significance in The City of Newcastle Heritage Strategy.
An updated version, which is currently on public exhibition, places greater emphasis on Newcastle’s original inhabitants in guiding management of the city’s historical treasures over the next ten years.
Highlighted are the Awabakal and Worimi people’s early encounters with European settlers and subsequent history of dispossession, as well as the reconciliatory 2016 recognition by the Geographical Names Board of eight places and landmarks with dual Aboriginal names.
“We are engaging with the local community and stakeholders to communicate our commitment to the protection, support and promotion of Newcastle’s heritage,” Councillor Peta Winney-Baartz said.
“The Awabakal and Worimi peoples, descendants of the traditional owners of the land, have ties dating back tens of thousands of years, and this updated strategy better considers their ancient and ongoing connection as well as their hardships since settlement in a fitting, unvarnished history.
“This is important because Newcastle is home to one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal populations, a diverse community drawn from many language groups which identify with, foster and protect their distinctive cultures, beliefs and languages through connection to land and each other.”
Community input will be considered when the draft Heritage Strategy 2020-2030 is finalised by Council later this year.
Community members can review the draft strategy and have their say here until Monday 13 July.