The Gully Aboriginal Place - Plan of Management

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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.

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