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Let others Discover

Image When travelling you will come across both natural and culturally significant areas.  Help preserve them and let other people discover them the same way you did.  Never interfere with Aboriginal engravings, painting or sites, it is not only offensive to the people but it is also illegal.  Other cultural icons such as huts, ruins and mines should also be preserved.

 

 

 

 

Behaviour

 
 
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Aboriginal Heritage
(including rock art, cemeteries, significant sites, stone artefacts or communities)

  • Ensure it is ok with the traditional owners to visit or photograph
  • Do not disturb the sites in any way
  • Do not remove anything from the site
  • do not walk over or touch painting or carvings
  • Report the sites location and contents of a site you do not believe is known

 

Other Cultural Heritage

 
 
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(Including huts, ruins, old roads, historic sites)

  • Do not disturb the sites in any way
  • Do not remove anything from the site
  • Take photographs and share with others
  • Take care walking or camping near such sites
  • Report the sites location and contents of a site you do not believe is known

 

Natural Heritage
(Including trees, rocks, creeks)

  • Do not blaze or create trails
  • Do not pick flowers
  • Do not create cairns
  • Follow other Minimal impact techniques

 

Pre-trip Planning


Ensure that your group members understand and are committed to these behaviours

Do your research and know what heritage you may visit and understand the rules

  • Keep groups small
  • Plan to camp away form significant sites

 

The rational


At some point in time things that people do and build in the past becomes of value to the current society.  Even if you do not find value in such things it is important to respect that other people.  So by avoiding damaging heritage items you can preserve these things for people to experience for years to some.

 

Your say

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anonymous IP:203.210.68.xxx | 2010-09-30 03:11:30
Though I agree with respecting the cultural heritage that exists, I sometimes wonder that we are too closed minded about it. The original creators of this heritage had to modify the environment to create it.

Even though we live today, in the future we will also be considered part of the history of this country. Anything we create now will someday become precious to our ancestors. Consider the shell mounds of the aborigines. In their time they were simply mounds of discarded refuse. To us now they are an important indicator of cultures past.

As an example, although I do not create them or add to them myself, rock cairns are a cultural icon too. If you look it up online you can see they they figure deeply in many cultures. In the end, if nothing else they may signify to future generations how much we loved bushwalking.

Just something to think about when espousing minimal impact practices. Though I personally feel that we should minimise the impact to our already dwindling natural, cultural and aboriginal heritage, we also need to appreciate the fact that the our habits, good or bad, also contribute to an equally important heritage that is being created right now.
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