The Gully Aboriginal Place - Plan of Management

Consultation has concluded

Please note: There will be further opportunities to provide input into the Gully Plan of Management when the Draft plan is placed on public exhibition.


The Gully is an important place in Country for Gundungurra, Darug and other Aboriginal People as well as non-Aboriginal people. It is a place that holds continuous connection for the Gully community being former residents and their descendants.

The Plan of Management for the Gully is being updated to reflect the contemporary approach to Caring for Country (Ngurra). A new Plan of Management will be prepared that is reflective of Traditional Owners aspirations for the management of the Gully Aboriginal Place.

Background

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.

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 14 years old and does not reflect the contemporary cultural values and perspectives held by the Gully community. Funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Heritage Grants – Aboriginal Heritage Projects has been made available to review and up the Plan of Management for the Gully.

The Plan of Management review is being undertaken by Blue Mountains City Council in cooperation with the Gully Traditional Owners Inc.

Please note: There will be further opportunities to provide input into the Gully Plan of Management when the Draft plan is placed on public exhibition.


The Gully is an important place in Country for Gundungurra, Darug and other Aboriginal People as well as non-Aboriginal people. It is a place that holds continuous connection for the Gully community being former residents and their descendants.

The Plan of Management for the Gully is being updated to reflect the contemporary approach to Caring for Country (Ngurra). A new Plan of Management will be prepared that is reflective of Traditional Owners aspirations for the management of the Gully Aboriginal Place.

Background

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.

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 14 years old and does not reflect the contemporary cultural values and perspectives held by the Gully community. Funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Heritage Grants – Aboriginal Heritage Projects has been made available to review and up the Plan of Management for the Gully.

The Plan of Management review is being undertaken by Blue Mountains City Council in cooperation with the Gully Traditional Owners Inc.

Consultation has concluded
  • Preparing the New Plan of Management

    8 months ago

    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.

    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.

  • Background Information

    8 months ago

    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 it ongoing occupation by Aboriginal People until forced eviction in 1957.

    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 14 years old and does not reflect the contemporary cultural values and perspectives held by the Gully community.

    The project has received funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage through the NSW Heritage Grants – Aboriginal Heritage Project.

    The Plan of Management review is being undertaken by Blue Mountains City Council in cooperation with the Gully Traditional Owners Inc.

    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 it ongoing occupation by Aboriginal People until forced eviction in 1957.

    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 14 years old and does not reflect the contemporary cultural values and perspectives held by the Gully community.

    The project has received funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage through the NSW Heritage Grants – Aboriginal Heritage Project.

    The Plan of Management review is being undertaken by Blue Mountains City Council in cooperation with the Gully Traditional Owners Inc.