Forestry Corporation employs an Aboriginal Partnerships Liason Team to work with Aboriginal communities throughout NSW, who strive to conserve the qualities and attributes of places that have spiritual, historic, scientific or social value.
Forestry Corporation has worked in partnership with Aboriginal communities across the State for many years to complete a range of activities including:
- carrying out cultural heritage surveys
- jointly managing culturally significant sites
- delivering firewood to elders
- providing forest products for cultural purposes, such as bark for canoes
- developing a First Peoples interpretive walk.
Information about management of Aboriginal cultural heritage is reported annually in our sustainability report.
Aboriginal Partnership Logo
The logo used to co-brand Aboriginal partnership projects is Wakool by Saretta Fielding, a work that acknowledges and respects of the management of forests by Aboriginal people in the past, now and into the future.
Saretta explains “I am a Wonaruah woman. This artwork highlights that for tens of thousands of years Aboriginal people have lived and cared for country, our existence intertwined with, and connected to all Baiyami (creator) entrusted to us to partake of and care for. With outstretched arms the figures in the piece take on the form of the trunk and branches, upholding the tree, and symbolizing their oneness and dedication to management of forests, as a natural way of life.”
"The red dot art around the perimeter of the artwork depicts the past, present and future generations across time, all sharing the same culture link to country, which is passed onto future generations as we continue to share our cultural heritage. Wakool means ‘One’ in Awabakal language.”
The Gumgali Track at Korora Lookout
Forestry Corporation of NSW has transformed the 400-metre walking track to the secluded Korora Lookout in the Orara East State Forest into a cultural walking track telling the story of Gumgali the black goanna through sculptures, a 30-metre mural and recordings in both Gumbaynggirr language and English.
Gumbaynggirr cultural showcases
A cultural experience developed by Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation is offering visitors to the award-winning Sealy Lookout and Korora Lookout in Orara East State Forest a unique insight into the region’s Aboriginal cultural heritage. Watch the video below to find out more. Bookings through Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation.
Forestry Corporation's Aboriginal Partnerships Liaison Team.