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Assessing Cultural Heritage in Queensland NPs

Blog Post - Assessing Cultural Heritage in Queensland NPs

There are many significant cultural heritage sites in Queensland State forests. A study funded by FNPW documented the findings of an investigation of significant cultural heritage sites, primarily those of Aboriginal significance, in several Queensland State forests. Nine State forests were included in the investigation: Barakula, Boxvale. Bringalily, Bulli, Gurulmundi, Presho, Shotover, Whetstone and Yelarbon.


The aim of the study was to identify State forests with “high” Indigenous cultural values that warrant further protection.  The study objectives were to:
• Establish whether known Aboriginal cultural heritage sites still retain their heritage values;
• Identify whether the previously recorded sites survive, whether they can be located and if they still retain their heritage values;
• Determine whether these sites are being adequately protected; and
• Ascertain whether additional sites can be identified through field surveys.


The review revealed that 3 of the 9 Queensland state forests assessed have highly significant cultural heritage values. These are:
Boxvale State Forest, which has a small suite of Aboriginal sites. The one rock art site that was relocated appeared not to be affected by cattle scuffage or rubbing of the rock art. 

Presho State Forest, which has a large suite of highly significant , predominantly rock art sites. The proximity of Presho State Forest to other National Parks with high cultural and natural heritage values suggests transition to National Park may be the most cost-effective means to protect the cultural and natural heritage values, as cattle rubbing against the rock art is the greatest threat to these sites.

Shotover State Forest, which has significant rock art sites including stencilled and painted art sites that are significant to the Gaangalu People, and where cattle grazing also poses a threat to the integrity of the sites.





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