NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Partnering with Western Sydney's Aboriginal community

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this plan applies. We would like to acknowledge and pay our respect to Elders past and present of the Dharug, Gandangarra and Tharawal nations.

The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (the CPCP) acknowledges more than 60,000 years of continuous Aboriginal connection to the land that makes up Western Sydney. Aboriginal people hold deep connection with, knowledge and understanding of, obligation to, and custodianship of the landscape. 
We are committed to working with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders in Western Sydney to collaboratively develop and implement the CPCP.  
The CPCP commits to support economic participation for Aboriginal people and promote Aboriginal culture and knowledge in Western Sydney. It also seeks to enable Traditional Custodians and Aboriginal people to maintain a distinctive cultural, spiritual, physical and economic relationships with land and waters in Western Sydney.

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10-year Caring for Country Strategy

As part of the CPCP, the department has committed to engage with Western Sydney’s Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to co-develop a 10-year Caring for Country – Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy.

The strategy will: 

  • ensure Aboriginal people in Western Sydney benefit from the opportunities arising from the CPCP’s delivery 
  • build partnerships and relationships with Aboriginal stakeholders, Traditional Custodians, knowledge holders and interested Aboriginal people within the CPCP's area
  • identify how we can incorporate Aboriginal cultural values and knowledge into delivering conservation outcomes under this plan.  

Since mid-2021, the department has been engaging with Traditional Custodians, Aboriginal Land Councils, local community, businesses, and service providers in Western Sydney to understand the opportunities and priorities for this strategy. We are aiming to release a draft strategy for public consultation in 2022.

For detailed information, read the Aboriginal Outcomes Strategy fact sheet (PDF, 487 KB). 

How can I be involved in the strategy development? 

We want to make sure the strategy reflects the priorities of the Western Sydney Aboriginal community. If you are an Aboriginal community member, service provider, business, or organisation in Western Sydney, we would like to hear from you.

Contact the team: 


NSW Aboriginal Land Council Cumberland Plain Grant Program 

The $1 million NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) Cumberland Plain Grant Program is open to the three Western Sydney Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) within the CPCP’s area: Deerubbin, Tharawal and Gandangara. This program is one of the early implementation actions being delivered under this plan in the first five years. 

The program aims to: 

  • support LALCs to assess and manage biodiversity, culture and heritage on Aboriginal-owned lands
  • empower LALCs to deliver cultural and conservation outcomes on their land
  • build capacity within the LALCs to deliver natural resource management services.

The grant program is fully funded by the NSW Government and is administered by NSWALC until 2023. 

To find out more about the program and read the grants guidelines and criteria, visit the NSWALC website.


Banner image credit to Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Page last updated: 14/09/2022