Bulahdelah Mountain heritage recognised

THE cultural significance of Bulahdelah Mountain has been recognised with it being announced as an Aboriginal Place during NAIDOC week.

The official Aboriginal Place title was declared by NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker.

Aboriginal Places are a way of legally recognising and protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage on public and private lands.

Bulahdelah Mountain is commonly known as The Alum Mountain due to alum mining from the early nineteenth century.

It is an area of about 168 hectares just east of the township.

“The mountain is a significant geographical feature in the area and is valued by the community as a special place to their ancestors; a place containing a range of cultural sites important for cultural teachings and continuation of cultural traditions,” Ms Parker said.

“By declaring these significant lands as Aboriginal Places, we recognise and acknowledge that Aboriginal culture is living and continuing and that the connection of Aboriginal people to the land and culture is immensely important to their wellbeing and future,’’ she said.

While the declaration of an Aboriginal Place does not change the status of the land or affect ownership rights, a person must not harm or desecrate an Aboriginal Place.

It is the third place on the lower Myall Coast to be named an Aboriginal Place with Dark Point in the Myall Lakes National Park being recognised as one in 2002 and Gooreenggai at North Arm Cove declared as one in 2007.

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