The Gully Aboriginal Place - Draft Plan of Management

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In partnership with The Gully Traditional Owners Inc, the Council commenced work on updating the Plan of Management for the Gully Aboriginal Place (Upper Kedumba River Valley) in 2018. Following extensive engagement with members of The Gully Aboriginal Community and the broader community, a Draft Plan of Management has been prepared and is now on public exhibition.

The updated draft Plan places a greater emphasis on the Aboriginal cultural values of The Gully, which inform how it will be managed into the future. The draft Plan builds on the important progress made in recognising the importance of The Gully to The Gully Gundungurra and Darug Traditional Owners and their ongoing relationship with this special place in Country. The draft Plan also recognises the ongoing impacts that the construction of the race track had on The Gully community and on the personal lives of those who lived there.

Importantly the Draft plan defines the direction for the future care and protection of The Gully in recognition of the significant place it holds in the lives of families from The Gully and the broader community.

In partnership with The Gully Traditional Owners Inc, the Council commenced work on updating the Plan of Management for the Gully Aboriginal Place (Upper Kedumba River Valley) in 2018. Following extensive engagement with members of The Gully Aboriginal Community and the broader community, a Draft Plan of Management has been prepared and is now on public exhibition.

The updated draft Plan places a greater emphasis on the Aboriginal cultural values of The Gully, which inform how it will be managed into the future. The draft Plan builds on the important progress made in recognising the importance of The Gully to The Gully Gundungurra and Darug Traditional Owners and their ongoing relationship with this special place in Country. The draft Plan also recognises the ongoing impacts that the construction of the race track had on The Gully community and on the personal lives of those who lived there.

Importantly the Draft plan defines the direction for the future care and protection of The Gully in recognition of the significant place it holds in the lives of families from The Gully and the broader community.

  • Background Information

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    11 Sep 2018

    The Gully is located in the Blue Mountains, west of the township of Katoomba, and is part of the upper catchment of the Kedumba River which feed Sydney’s drinking water supply. The Gully was declared an Aboriginal Place in 2002 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. The Gully was nominated as an Aboriginal place because of its significant pre-contact Aboriginal sites, and post contact settlements and its ongoing occupation by Aboriginal People until forced eviction in 1957. (1)

    The existing Plan of Management, titled The Upper Kedumba River Valley was revised in 2004, and incorporated the public reserve of Frank Walford Park and parts of Katoomba Falls Reserve (McRae’s Paddock and Cascades/Selby Street section) This Plan of Management (POM) is 16 years old and does not reflect the contemporary cultural values and perspectives held by the Gully community. Funding from the NSW Government, NSW Heritage Grants – Aboriginal Heritage Projects has been made available to review and update the Plan of Management for the Gully.

  • Public exhibition and submission process

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    18 Sep 2020

    Public exhibition of the draft Plan of Management (PoM) is required under Sections 38 and 40 of the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act), which requires not less than 28 days for public exhibition of the draft plan and not less than 42 days for submission on the draft plan.

    The Gully Aboriginal Place includes Crown Land which too is covered by the draft PoM. The PoM has also been prepared in accordance with Division 3.6 of the Crown Lands Management Act 2016 (CLM Act 2016). The public exhibition, provision for comment and adoption of a plan of management under the CLM Act 2016 is in accordance with the LG Act 1993.

    Being an Aboriginal Place listed under the National Parks Act 1974, draft PoM for The Gully, has also been prepared following the NSW Government’s Guideline for Developing Management Plans for declared Aboriginal Places 2012.

    The Council has determined to place the draft Plan of Management on public exhibition, and to provide a period of 60 days, during which submissions can be made to the Council from 17 September to 15 November 2020.

  • Community Consultation

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    18 Sep 2020

    As part of the preparation of the draft PoM for The Gully Aboriginal Place consultation with the Gully Aboriginal community and the broader community was undertaken. This included communications and engagement with:

    • Aboriginal families of former Gully residents and their descendants;
    • NAIDOC Week participants in The Gully (2018); and
    • People who visit and use The Gully through the Have Your Say survey.

    Common to all these communications, the Council sought to understand the view of stakeholders on:

    • What’s important?
    • What needs to be protected?
    • How should be The Gully be in the future?

    The outcome of this consultation is presented in Chapter 5 of the Draft Plan of Management Talking with the Community. A complete summary of stakeholder engagement is presented in Talking with the Community Stakeholder Engagement Report - The Gully Aboriginal Place Katoomba. Plan of Management review.

    The Council acknowledges the importance of community participation in the preparation of Plans of Management for community land. While the Council has received a wide range of responses and ideas for the future management of The Gully, decisions on whether a suggestion can be included in the PoM is measured against the core cultural values of The Gully as an Aboriginal Place, and whether the ideas are supportive of these core values. This direction has also been guided through the Council’s formal relationship with The Gully Traditional Owners Inc, The Gully Cooperative Management Agreement.

  • Making a Submission

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    18 Sep 2020

    Submissions on The Gully Aboriginal Place Draft Plan of Management can be made in the following ways:

    Written submission

    Send to:

    Blue Mountains City Council

    Locked Bag 1005

    Katoomba NSW 2780

    Ref File F10911 Draft Gully Plan of Management

    Email submission

    council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

    Ref File F10911 Draft Gully Plan of Management

    Online submission - click here

    Closing date for submissions is: 19 November 2020


    Need more information?
    Soren Mortensen - Environmental Planning Officer smortensen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

    View The Gully Aboriginal Place Draft Plan of Management

  • Preparing the New Plan of Management

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    11 Sep 2018

    Preparing the revised Plan of Management will include a review of the existing Plan. This process will include:

    • Engagement and consultation with former Gully residents, their descendants and other stakeholders;
    • Assessment of relevant information and knowledge to be included in the revised plan;
    • Assessment and determination of current management issues and future opportunities for the Gully;
    • Updating of the management policies and the action plan for the Gully; and
    • Prioritisation and costing of actions and works.

    The existing Plan of Management does not include the Katoomba Falls sports fields or Tourist Park. The inclusion of these areas into the Gully plan of Management is a significant change from the existing plan.

    The revised Plan will be developed with reference to the Local Government Act 1993, the Crown Lands Management Act 2016, the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, and with the Guideline for Developing Management Plans for declared Aboriginal Places. (OEH 2012) The plan also needs to consider the future implications of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018, which is earmarked to replace functions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 in relation to the management and protection of Aboriginal places.

  • Public Hearing - land category change

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    18 Sep 2020

    Under Section 40A of the Local Government Act, a proposed change to the categorisation of Council Community Land requires a public hearing. The Gully Aboriginal Place Draft Plan of Management, proposes a change to an existing land category (as defined under Section 36 of the LG Act 1993) over a section of Council Community Land within the Aboriginal Place boundary. This proposed change is the removal of the ‘Sports Ground’ category over the former race track to be replaced with the ‘Natural Area’ category (including Bushland, Wetland and Watercourse). This change is proposed out of respect to the deep cultural values of The Gully and its current site use. Also proposed are some minor boundary changes to the ‘General Community Use’ category and ‘Natural Area’ boundary changes to more accurately reflect updates to Council vegetation mapping.

    The proposed changes to land categories on Council Community land will be addressed in a separate public hearing following the public exhibition period and prior to adoption of the Plan of Management.

    This Public hearing is planned to occur in November 2020. The Council will notify the Public Hearing date and location once determined.