In July 2019 Woollahra Municipal Council endorsed the Woollahra Aboriginal Heritage Study which included a strategy to manage Aboriginal heritage during the development process. As a result, the Woollahra DA Guide was updated to include Attachment 10: Aboriginal Heritage Impact Assessment. Attachment 10 is required for:
All applications, amended plans or Section 4.55 applications that are located in:
The following projects may therefore now require an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Assessment:
There are two main types of Aboriginal Heritage Impact Assessment:
The ‘Due Diligence’ report determines whether an Aboriginal object will be harmed by an activity, whether further investigation is needed, and whether the application requires an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit. A Due Diligence assessment will involve a site visit, usually with a representative of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, a register search to identify Aboriginal sites within the property or nearby, and an assessment of Aboriginal heritage values for the property. The Due Diligence report is the first step in the process and is often all that is needed to support a DA.
The ‘Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report (ACHAR)’ is a more in-depth investigation and assessment, which recommends actions to be taken before, during and after an activity to manage and protect any Aboriginal objects and declared Aboriginal Places. An ACHAR is required if Aboriginal heritage values are to be impacted and would support an application for an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit.
Attachment 10: Aboriginal Heritage Impact Assessment also specified that these reports should be prepared ‘by suitably qualified Aboriginal heritage consultants’, and so if you think you will need a Due Diligence or ACHAR for your project then Artefact are here to assist.
Artefact offers ‘best practice’ cultural heritage management advice and has over 12 years experience in cultural heritage management. We have strong relationships with local Aboriginal community groups to ensure that we can facilitate an outstanding heritage outcome.
We are known for our pragmatic approach to heritage management and our customer service focus.
Artefact has completed Due Diligences and ACHARs as well as other Aboriginal heritage assessments throughout Sydney and NSW. Our clients include architects, development and construction companies, LGAs, State Agencies and private individuals.
Our team of heritage professionals skilled in this area are:
Dr Sandra Wallace (Managing Director)
Josh Symons (Technical Director)
Ryan Tadeucci (Aboriginal Heritage Team Leader)
Kelly Barton (Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer)
Michael Lever (Heritage Consultant)
Please contact us to discuss your next architecture project to see how we can assist you with the Aboriginal heritage assessments.