Burrell Bulai Aboriginal Place Plan of Management

Project Type: Community Engagement
Client: Office of Environment and Heritage
LGA: Kempsey, NSW

Everick was engaged by the Office of Environment and Heritage to facilitate a series of community meetings and field inspections to develop a Plan of Management for the Burrell Bulai Aboriginal Place. Burrell Bulai is considered the most significant cultural site to the Thungutti/ Dhungutti people of the Macleay River valley and was one of the first places identified for gazettal under the Aboriginal Place provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act (1974). Everick worked closely with National Parks and Wildlife Service area staff and the Office of Environment and Heritage Aboriginal Place program in the completion of the following activities:

  • a review existing literature and management systems for the Aboriginal Place and implementation plan which recognised the sensitivity of Burrell Bulai to Aboriginal men;
  • two field investigations to identify and discuss broader management issues - primarily culturally inappropriate access;
  • two targeted cultural heritage works shops designed to discuss the broader management issues around the management of the Aboriginal Place, governance arrangements to ensure that Traditional Owners had an adequate role in management decision making and prioritisation of funding to manage the Aboriginal Place; and
  • mapping and recording of specific archaeological sites within the Aboriginal Place.

A key outcome of the survey was the identification of a stone memorial dating to the early 1920s which can be used as a historic marker of the increased influence of Christian beliefs amongst Thungutti/ Dhungutti people.

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