Council helps to conserve and manage approximately 60 Aboriginal sites within the area.
The sites, which are registered with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, include middens, occupation sites, rock engravings and rock art. At least one site has been dated at 7000 years old.
The overall strategy is to include a comprehensive register of all sites and provide specific recommendations on their conservation and management, such as interpretive signage or planting around the site to protect it. This also includes a set of protocols for assessment officers to follow when dealing with development applications in the vicinity of an Aboriginal site, and outline ways in which the community can be involved in the care and management of sites.
Coastal Erosion Aboriginal Heritage Strategy
This 2017-2019 project aims to help better plan for Aboriginal sites on Northern Sydney foreshores.
Part 1 Coastal Erosion, Northern Sydney (3MB)
Part 2 Rock Art and Engraving project, Northern Sydney (7MB)
Part 3 Coastal Erosion foreshore sites comparisons (12MB)
Aboriginal Heritage Office
To take a regional approach to the protection of Aboriginal sites and cultural heritage across local government areas, several Councils -- Lane Cove, Willoughby, North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai, Strathfield, Willoughby and Northern Beaches -- work with and support the Aboriginal Heritage Office (AHO).
Contact the AHO & AHM via their website
Aboriginal Heritage Manager (AHM)
To take a regional approach to the protection of Aboriginal sites and cultural heritage across local government areas, several Councils -- Lane Cove, Willoughby, North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai, Strathfield, Willoughby and Northern Beaches -- together fund the position of an Aboriginal Heritage Manager (AHM).
A key role of the AHM is to promote greater understanding of Aboriginal culture by working with school and other groups.
The AHM is in direct contact with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) and its many resources and is available to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to discuss issues or concerns.