Protected Sites

​​​​There are a number of declared Aboriginal protected sites within Tasmania. These sites are significant to the Aboriginal community and provide direct links with their cultural heritage.
 

Protected Sites under the Aborigi​nal Heritage Act 1975

Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975, the Minister may declare land as a protected site in order to protect or preserve relics.

The following are protected sites:

  • West Point Aboriginal Site
  • Sundown Point Aboriginal Site
  • Maxwell River Protected Archaeological Site

West Point Aboriginal Site
Copyright: Department of Pri​mary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

​​Declared Indigenous Protected Areas in Tasmania​

​Declared under the Australian Government's Indigenous Protected Areas program.

Indigenous Protected Areas are managed by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Preminghana Indigenous Protected Area

Preminghana covers more than five square kilometres of land in North West Tasmania bordering the Southern Ocean. It is managed by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land and Sea Council. Formerly privately owned by the Van Diemen's Land Company, the land was compulsorily acquired by the Tasmanian Government in the late 1970s because of its historic Aboriginal engraving sites.

Read more about Preminghana Indigenous Protected Area

preminghana
Copyright: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Risdon Cove and Putalina Indigenous Protected Areas

Lying on either side of Hobart, Risdon Cove and Putalina (Oyster Cove) are located along the eastern coast of Tasmania. Both areas are managed by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and are important cultural and spiritual sites for the local community.

Read more about Risdon Cove and putalina Indigenous Protected Areas​​

​Mount Chappell Island, Babel Island, Big Dog Island, Badger Island and lungatalanana Indigenous Protected Areas

Found in the Bass Strait of the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, Mount Chappell Island, Babel Island, Big Dog Island, Badger Island and lungatalanana (Clarke Island) form part of the Furneaux Group of islands. These islands have long been regarded by Aboriginal people as an important part of the seasonal food-gathering cycle, and the Tasmanian Government handed them back to the Aboriginal community in 1995.

Read more about these Indigenous Protected Areas 

National Heritage Place

Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape​
The Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape​ on Tasmania's west coast contains evidence of hut depressions found in Aboriginal shell middens.

Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape
Copyright: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

​Read more about the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape​.



Contact

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 487 045
Email: aboriginal@heritage.tas.gov.au

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