Project Managers: Shaun Hooper & Dr John Merson
The Mapping Country signing of Memorandum of Understanding:
Funding partners: Natural Heritage Trust, Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Blue Mountains City Council
Timeframe: Pilot study in upper Blue Mountains region 18 months 2005-2006
Cultural heritage values are significantly under-represented in policy and management decisions for the GBMWHA. Research and better documentation of cultural information, and raising of public awareness of the cultural heritage, particularly Indigenous, are essential to overcome this under-representation and to ensure protection of these values. This research program sought to address these needs.
The research took a holistic (i.e., multi-value) approach to cultural heritage, whereby all aspects of a place’s significance were documented to inform management decisions. Research by local Aboriginal people into their heritage, and documentation of such, also overcame some of the barriers to their involvement in the policy process for the GBMWHA.