Cultural Heritage Management

Grinding Stone

Cultural Heritage has been described in many ways by many people.

But most importantly it’s a place of existence, a way of living and a foundation for our eternal well being.

Without knowing it, culture and heritage blends the old ways with our existing lives and guides us along our new storylines into the future.

It is the eternal web that connects us as a people and a nation, from the beginning to the unending destinations of life.

It (culture) truly is one of the things that defines who we are and is an anchor in the never ending storm of change.

Management of our Cultural Heritage is very important for our identity, connection to country and our Native Title.

The Burra Charter

This Charter sets a national standard in the management of Cultural Heritage:

In this document the preamble states:

"Considering the International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (Venice 1964), and the Resolutions of the 5th General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) (Moscow 1978), the Burra Charter was adopted by Australia ICOMOS (the Australian National Committee of ICOMOS) on 19 August 1979 at Burra, South Australia. Revisions were adopted on 23 February 1981, 23 April 1988 and 26 November 1999. The Burra Charter provides guidance for the conservation and management of places of cultural significance (cultural heritage places), and is based on the knowledge and experience of Australia ICOMOS members. Conservation is an integral part of the management of places of cultural significance and is an ongoing responsibility.

Who is the Charter for?

The Charter sets a standard of practice for those who provide advice, make decisions about, or undertake works to places of cultural significance, including owners, managers and custodians."

This is a useful document as a starting point for the management of Cultural Heritage and can be viewed at "Burra Charter".

The 'Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003' and the 'Duty of Care Guideline' govern Cultural Heritage management in Queensland.

The Gaangalu Nation People over the past 20 years has developed our preferred position and policies on the management of our Cultural Heritage.