Aboriginal Communities

EDO NSW has produced a number of resources relevant to Aboriginal communities.

Fact Sheets on this topic include:

  • Aboriginal Culture and Heritage
  • Accessing Country
  • Managing Country

Also check out our guide Caring for Country: A Guide to Environmental Law for Aboriginal Communities in NSW.

Other resources:

Aboriginal Culture & Heritage

This Fact Sheet examines the ways that Aboriginal cultural heritage is protected under the law. It looks at national, state and local protections, and includes information on World Heritage, Aboriginal objects and places, and Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permits.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who want to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage, as well as people whose land may contain items or objects of Aboriginal cultural heritage value.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Accessing Country, Managing Country, NSW Heritage Law, Commonwealth Heritage Protection

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Accessing Country

This Fact Sheet discusses the laws relating to Aboriginal peoples’ access of lands and waters to continue their traditions. It outlines provisions relating to access to and use of particular types of land including freehold, public land, and Aboriginal owned land, as well as access to waterways including marine parks and protected wetlands.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for Aboriginal people who want to know what rights they have under the law to access lands and waters to continue their traditions, including fishing, hunting, gathering food, caring for country, and visiting places with cultural significance.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Managing Country

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Managing Country

This Fact Sheet outlines how environmental laws can be used by Aboriginal people to continue to manage country. It addresses contaminated lands, the dumping of rubbish, water and noise pollution, bush fire mitigation, mining and environmental conservation.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for Aboriginal people who want to use environmental laws to continue to manage country, and who want to protect the environment through the law.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Accessing Country, Managing Country, Air, Water and Noise Pollution, Contaminated Land, Waste Management, Mining and Coal Seam Gas, Conservation on Private Land

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