Land Use Planning and Cultural Heritage

Local government working in partnership with Aboriginal people, including Traditional Owners, can shape land use and the protection of Victoria’s rich Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Aboriginal people today have a diverse range of interests in land use planning.

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 protects all Aboriginal cultural heritage places, objects and Aboriginal human remains on private and public land, regardless of whether they are listed on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register. The Act links heritage protection and local government planning processes, and supports decision making by Registered Aboriginal Parties. (Read more: visit the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria website)

Councils also have Aboriginal cultural heritage obligations under  the Victorian Planning Provisions. These require councils to ensure that places of Aboriginal cultural heritage significance are protected and conserved. (Read more: ‘Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and the Planning Permit Process’.)

Beyond cultural heritage, Aboriginal people have an interest in changes to local places and how they can best meet the community’s future needs. By working with Aboriginal communities, councils can ensure these perspectives inform and shape more inclusive land uses.

Cultural heritage protection Mt William

Macedon Ranges Shire and the former Shire of Romsey played key roles in the protection of the Mt William Wurundjeri Greenstone Axe Quarry north of Lancefield. In the early 1970s the former Shire of Romsey acquired the Mt William property and ensured its registration under the relevant heritage legislation. Some years following council amalgamations in 1994 the Macedon Ranges Shire Council gifted the land title to the Wurundjeri as a gesture of reconciliation. Since then the Council has maintained its relationship with the Traditional Owners, who subsequently gained Registered Aboriginal Party status and maintain the Mt William Quarry. The Council has also provided funding support for an Honouring and Returning Ceremony to be held at Mt William.

Mt William

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