Project: Toorale and Gundabooka Nature Tourism Action Plan
OzArk has worked with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to prepare an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report (ACHAR) to identify Aboriginal objects (sites) within the development footprint for a Wetland Experience themed visitor facility.
The field survey involved a pedestrian survey in partnership with members of the Toorale Joint Management Committee, registered Aboriginal parties and a NPWS Field Officer. An additional 28 Aboriginal sites were recorded, which were added to the 14 previously recorded sites, resulting in 42 Aboriginal sites being present within the impact footprint. Management measures have been recommended to manage these impacts to the Aboriginal sites.
OzArk is working with the Central West Local Land Services (CW LLS) to assess the impact of cultural burning in travelling stock routes. Prior to burning commencing, and in conjunction with local Aboriginal representatives, OzArk Archaeologists carried out an Aboriginal archaeological assessment. Seven Aboriginal sites were identified and management recommendations provided.
OzArk Ecologists also worked with CW LLS staff before burning to determine baseline ecological data. Post-burn assessment is undertaken to be able to analyse data and determine the ecological impact of cultural burns. This is an on-going project with regular monitoring important to ensure replication and robust data analysis. CW LLS hope to apply the results across other travelling stock routes.
The Macquarie Water Pipeline Project includes the construction of a 39km-long water pipeline from the Macquarie River to Suma Park Reservoir in Orange, as well as associated infrastructure.
OzArk EHM accepted this project following initial assessment by another consultant. OzArk developed a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) based on the results of previous investigation, undertook test excavations and other further investigation. This required further consultation with Registered Aboriginal Parties to refine the CHMP for the construction and operation of the pipeline.
The OzArk directed component of the heritage saw 55 person days to undertake test excavation and further investigation at 20 sites and five areas of archaeological sensitivity. The fieldwork program was achieved in one week, in which 62 test pits were excavated and over 3.5km of archaeologically sensitive areas was investigated.
OzArk demonstrated an ability to inherit a project with a complex history and successfully work with the Aboriginal stakeholders, the project team and government regulators. OzArk also managed to execute a fieldwork program with numerous logistical and safety considerations within a tight timeframe.