Statement of Tuhbowgule Nangamay

It is the current generations that ultimately hold the responsibility and honour of maintaining Aboriginal culture around Sydney Harbour. This statement by members of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council makes clear what this responsibility involves.

"It is the current generations that ultimately hold the responsibility and honour of maintaining Aboriginal culture around Sydney Harbour and ensuring that the natural presence, restoration, interpretation and beauty of Aboriginal culture be continued through the dreaming.

It is therefore our duty to educate our community within to ensure that the traditional pathways of knowledge are passed on and interpreted by our people in genuine Aboriginal cultural environments. We see this as having inseparable sustainable relationships within all elements of 'Tuhbowgule'.

We seek to protect the cultural sites of 'Tuhbowgule' through conservation, restoration and maintenance programs. We will achieve this by active participation in natural resource and environmental, cultural heritage and interpretive tourism industries.

We will strive to demonstrate and promote Sydney Aboriginal culture and heritage as a living and evolving culture, one which is expressed in traditional and contemporary ways, honouring the past, celebrating the present and securing the future 'spirit of place'.

The vision ensures all Australians and visitors are rewarded by the 'Tuhbowgule' experience. It is hoped that by providing a cultural platform, which promotes gestures of goodwill, harmony and reconciliation, people will be able to identify, feel and connect with 'Tuhbowgule' and its 'Nangamay'."

Jenny Munro and Allen Madden - Metropolitan
Local Aboriginal Land Council - June 2000


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