Projects

 

The Aboriginal Heritage Council contribute to and provide advice regarding Aboriginal cultural values within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

 

Assessment of Aboriginal Cultural Values Project

 

Aerial shot of Louisa Bay

Louisa Bay, Southwest National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Photo: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment


The Assessment of Aboriginal Cultural Values (AACV) Project is a multi-year project that  informs the ongoing management of Aboriginal cultural values in the TWWHA and comprises three components:

  • The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area(TWWHA): a literature review and synthesis report.  (Completed in March 2017)
  • The Detailed Plan for a Comprehensive Cultural Assessment of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). (Completed in November 2017)
  • The Cultural Values Assessment of the 2013 Extension Area of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). (Completed in June 2019)


Rock Art in the Landscape and Seascape of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: recording, conservation and risk management

Aboriginal Rock Marking, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Aboriginal Rock Marking, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Photo: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

 

The Rock Art in the Landscape and the Seascape of the TWWHA Project will increase understanding of rock art within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and determine any risks to the cultural integrity of these sites.

The Project will inform discussions by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment with the Aboriginal community on effective management actions and outcomes including opportunities for collaboration to record, assess and determine appropriate management strategies for rock art sites. 

Working on Country Rangers, Aboriginal Rangers and Aboriginal staff have participated and supported the rock art field work. 

 

Interpretation and Presentation of the Aboriginal Cultural Values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

needwonnee walk, Melaleuca, TWWHA

needwonnee walk, Melaleuca, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Photo: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment


The Project will develop a Guide on the interpretation and presentation of the Aboriginal cultural values of the TWWHA in collaboration with Aboriginal communities. The Guide will include practical, step by step instructions to inform projects and initiatives on how to interpret and present Aboriginal cultural values in the TWWHA. Importantly, it will provide guidance on meaningful participation and oversight for Aboriginal people in decision-making on Aboriginal heritage values.

 

Aboriginal Community Access Visits to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Helicopter access trip

Helicopter access trip
Photo: Jillian Mundy

  

The Project will facilitate opportunities for Aboriginal people to visit diverse cultural heritage sites and landscapes in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and to actively participate in the management of the area.

To date, ten community access visits to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area have been undertaken with members from the Aboriginal community.

Additional visits were scheduled for March to June 2020, however, these were postponed due to restrictions associated with COVID-19.

Future community access visits to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are scheduled during the next twelve months, dependent on COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Management of At-Risk Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Shell Midden

Shell Midden
Photo: Jillian Mundy

 

The Project will identify at-risk Aboriginal cultural heritage sites within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to determine and implement appropriate actions for effective ongoing management of these sites.

The Project comprises two key components:

  • the identification and development of management actions for at-risk Aboriginal cultural heritage sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (Project 1) and;
  • the implementation of management actions and development of protocols for these at-risk Aboriginal cultural heritage sites (Project 2).

A desktop assessment currently focused on ‘coastal sites’ has been undertaken. The development of a geographic information system (GIS) model has commenced to further understand at-risk Aboriginal cultural heritage sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Field visits, data validation and infield assessment of risk to sites were scheduled to commence in March 2020. However, this has been delayed due to COVID-19 and will be rescheduled and undertaken when possible. 

Increased Aboriginal community engagement, consultation and input will assist in planning and implementation of management actions and development of protocols for these at-risk Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

 

Cultural Burning Workshop for Aboriginal People – Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Cultural Burning of low vegetation

Cultural Burning
Photo: Jillian Mundy

 

The Project will facilitate opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate in the annual National Indigenous Fire Workshop.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment facilitated the participation of nine Aboriginal people to attend the National Indigenous Firesticks Workshop held in July 2019 at Barmah National Park, Victoria.  

The next National Indigenous Firesticks Workshop is currently scheduled for July 2020, however, this may be postponed and rescheduled due to COVID-19.

 

Aboriginal Heritage Awareness Training

Overlooking Deadman's Bay

Overlooking Deadman's Bay
Photo: Jillian Mundy

 

The Aboriginal Heritage Council contribute to and provide advice regarding Aboriginal cultural values within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment will be offering  innovative online training on Aboriginal cultural heritage in Tasmania for those with an interest or role in Aboriginal cultural heritage.  The training will be made available to Departmental staff and publicly available on the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website in the coming months.

The online training will provide information on Aboriginal heritage in Tasmania and particularly Aboriginal heritage in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.  It will also provide information regarding  tangible and intangible Aboriginal heritage and highlight why heritage is central to the identity of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The training includes video and text based learning and regular self-check exercises.

Participants  will learn how to identify and report findings of Aboriginal heritage to Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania.


 

Assistant Aboriginal Heritage Adviser Program

Shells

Shells, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
Photo: Jillian Mundy

 

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment has established an Assistant Aboriginal Heritage Adviser Program.

The Program will support Assistant Aboriginal Heritage Advisers to gain the knowledge, skills and experience required to promote the recognition, protection and management of Tasmania's unique Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The Program will also build capacity and provide employment opportunities for Aboriginal people to manage Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The Program provides funding to support four Assistant Aboriginal Heritage Advisers over four years. Assistant Aboriginal Heritage Advisers will learn to undertake activities to complete Aboriginal heritage management processes and participate in projects to support the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The positions will include office and field based activities as well as completion of Certificates II and III or III and IV in Conservation and Land Management offered through TasTAFE.

For further information regarding this Program please see our latest News.

 

You can find more information about Aboriginal cultural values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area on the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website.


 


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