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Two Aboriginal sites protected

The Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council (Tamworth LALC) has partnered with North West Local Land Services to share and protect two culturally significant areas and related knowledge. Weed management, weathering minimisation works, signage and education activities will be undertaken at Boundary Rock and Tamworth Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Garden site also includes an area where Aboriginal people have been repatriated. These projects have been supported by Catchment Action NSW and the National Landcare Program through funding from the Australian Government.

Jason Wilson, new Land Services Officer, Aboriginal Communities with North West Local Land Services said “These projects will protect and enhance our valuable landscapes. They will also strengthen the connections between the North West Local Land Services and Tamworth LALC to continue to conduct protection of Aboriginal cultural sites, the sharing of cultural knowledge and improved access to country."

Mr Harry Cutmore Chair of the Tamworth LALC said "We are proud to continue to work and lead our Aboriginal community here in Tamworth to unite and educate all peoples through these projects, highlighted with new signage and interpretation of our culture and to maintain our traditional Kamilaroi lands, it's a win win."

Mr Wilson is based in the North West Local Land Services Walgett Office and engages with Local Aboriginal Land Councils across North West NSW. He has many years experience in environmental management, and has previously worked in Water, Land and Cultural Heritage conservation management Departments.

The Tamworth LALC CEO Mrs Fiona Snape said “Having Mr Wilson on board provides a new avenue for local Aboriginal people and Organisations to connect and share their experiences, concerns and aspirations back to the North West Local Land Services, it is an important step towards greater community understanding of the opportunities that may present themselves through joint partnerships”.

The two projects will help Tamworth LALC improve cultural information exchange between the Tamworth communities, the Tamworth Regional Council, TAFE and visitors. It will strengthen the Tamworth LALC ability to make decisions through better consideration of local impacts and give communities a better understanding of the North West Local Land Services work.

Photo: Left: Jo-Anne Stead, Consultant with Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council and Jason Wilson, new Land Services Officer, Aboriginal Communities with North West Local Land Services at the Tamworth Botanic Gardens Aboriginal Site.

Media contact: Jason Wilson phone: 0427 013 658 and Email: jason.wilson@lls.nsw.gov.au