Protecting Heritage Places

10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000

Step 2: Who has an interest? (continued)

Example of different interests working together - Bunbury Big Swamp, WA

In south-west Western Australia, the local Nyungar (Indigenous) community and the Bunbury City Council have worked together to interpret the Bunbury Big Swamp area, a sanctuary for wildlife.

The community and council collaborated on a project to document the Nyungar community history of the Bunbury area, and to provide interpretation of the swamp from a Nyungar perspective. The council provided funding for the project and the Katijin Nyungar Advisory Committee coordinated the history study. A steering committee with membership from the council and Katijin was set up to oversee the project.

The result is that Nyungar knowledge about the features of the swamp were included in interpretative information about the swamp.

The council and the Nyungar community have a commitment for an ongoing collaborative relationship. The mayor, the city manager, Nyungar elders and younger Nyungar community members all signed the commitment and a bronze plaque commemorating the step was mounted at the swamp site.