Minjungbal Resource Museum.
Minjungbal Resource Museum. John Gass

Aboriginal sites in the Tweed to be mapped in cultural plan

TWEED'S Aboriginal community will get a say in the protection and management of their cultural heritage thanks to an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan being prepared by Tweed Shire Council.

Council has engaged consultants Converge Heritage + Community to help produce the plan, working closely with Aboriginal community representatives.

"We are extending an invitation to all Aboriginal community members to attend an open day to find out about the plan and what it aims to achieve," Converge Heritage + Community Group General Manager Tim Gall said.

"It will give members of the Aboriginal community a chance for input and potentially provide further community knowledge to address gaps in the information we've gathered so far.

"The forum will also allow us to share the progress and to check the information collated to date, to ensure it is an accurate and acceptable reflection of community knowledge and history."

It will be held at the Minjungbal Museum, on the corner of Kirkwood Road and Duffy Street in South Tweed Heads, and Aboriginal community members are invited to drop into the forum any time between 10am and 6pm on Wednesday, March 13

Council Senior Strategic Planner Robyn Eisermann said consultation with the wider community will be undertaken following the process of assembling and validating the information with the Aboriginal community.

The project is being broadly managed through the Aboriginal Advisory Committee (AAC) and is guided by the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in August 2012 by members of the AAC, Council and Converge Heritage + Community.

"The first steps in the project are the development of an Aboriginal thematic history and mapping registered, known and destroyed Aboriginal sites in Tweed Shire," Ms Eisermann said.

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