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Q. What Aboriginal archaeology sites were identified within the Project Boundary and how will these sites will be managed? 
A. A total of 55 Aboriginal archaeological sites were identified in the Project Boundary, consisting of the 51 new sites and four sites previously registered on the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System database. All sites will be managed in accordance with the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan to be developed for the Project.  Shenhua Watermark proposes to establish the Watermark Gully Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Conservation Area and Mooki River Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Conservation Area which offer both known and potential Aboriginal archaeological resources and cultural values.
 
Q. What are the predicted impacts on Aboriginal archaeology within the Project Boundary?
A. A total of 29 archaeological sites within the Disturbance Boundary will be directly impacted by the Project, including 27 open artefact scatters and two grinding groove sites.  All remaining 26 sites identified will be conserved. No scarred trees will be impacted by the Project.
 
Q. How will Aboriginal archaeology and cultural heritage values be managed? 
A. An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the Project will be developed in consultation with Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs), OEH and DP&I, with specific consideration of the management recommendations made by the RAPs and in recognition of the importance of Aboriginal communities having a greater involvement in managing cultural heritage.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Q. What were some of the issues raised by the Aboriginal community ?
A. The issues raised include:

• The impact on recorded cultural sites or landscape features of significant cultural value;

• The direct impact on two sets of grinding grooves identified as having a high cultural value;

• The possible impact on unrecorded subsurface cultural sites or items;

• The potential for increased threat to cultural values, including the loss of animal habitats
and the drawdown of watercourses;

• The loss of bush foods, medicinal plans, cultural resources (for art and ceremony), animals and
plants;

• Regional inability to access land on which to hunt or gather bush foods and medicinal plants
due to changed land tenure; and

• The landscape as a whole becoming unrecognisable as a result of the Project and cumulative
development in the region.

 

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