NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Connecting with Country framework projects

The department has partnered with consultants GHD, Zion Engagement and Planning and Waters Consultancy to work closely with the Aboriginal community living in or connected to, the Greater Macarthur Growth Area.

Understanding the community’s spiritual, and emotional connections to place will contribute to the vision for the Growth Area, by assisting the department to:

The Connecting with Country Draft Framework is a framework for developing connections with Country that can inform the planning, design, and delivery of built environment projects in NSW.

Get involved

There are a number of ways Aboriginal communities in Greater Macarthur will be working closely with these projects, including:

  • Cultural Knowledge Advisors – knowledge holders will work directly with the project team to inform the cultural sensitivity mapping and implement Connecting with Country across the TAP program. Expressions of interest closed on 30 January 2022.
  • Community Focus Groups – community members will inform the cultural sensitivity mapping and implement Connecting with Country across the TAP program in a group context. Registrations closed on 30 January 2022.
  • Broad community engagement – there will be ongoing opportunities for community members to contribute to the findings of cultural sensitivity mapping, and implementation of the Connecting with Country framework.

More information

If you would like to talk to one of our Indigenous community engagement team members, please contact us on 1800 810 680 or indigenouscomms@ghd.com

Appin Massacre cultural landscape State Heritage Register listing

Heritage NSW is inviting members of the Aboriginal community, who hold continuing association with the Appin Massacre site, to contribute to an understanding of its significant cultural values.

In July 2021 the Heritage Council of NSW and the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (ACHAC) co-nominated the Appin Massacre cultural landscape for listing on the State Heritage Register, for its shared Aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultural heritage values.

As part of the steps for managing heritage in NSW, Heritage NSW is working closely with the department to contribute to discussion about planning for the future of the area.

To be involved in the State Heritage process, please contact Heritage NSW directly at AppinMassacreCL.Listing@environment.nsw.gov.au by Friday 22 April 2022.

Page last updated: 25/07/2022