Public riverfront at Moruya’s north head has been formally recognised for its cultural and heritage values and will also see a boat ramp upgrade, better facilities, and interpretive signs explaining the history of the site.
Eurobodalla’s councillors voted unanimously for a proposed new heritage conservation area around Brierley’s boat ramp, off Moruya’s Bruce Cameron Drive, at their general meeting on Tuesday 14 February. Eurobodalla mayor Mathew Hatcher said the proposal was an honourable way to recognise and preserve Aboriginal cultural heritage at the site while encouraging ongoing public use.
“The Brierley homestead used to sit on the elevated land next to the boat ramp. The house is long gone now but we’ll be putting up some informative signs about that, and others explaining the significance of this area to Aboriginal people,” Cr Hatcher said.
“Then, we’ll be revegetating some areas with culturally significant plants – maintaining native grass and bushland so traditional cultural activities can be practiced there.
“Outcomes like these are exactly how Council keeps the shire moving forward while acknowledging local Aboriginal people’s millennia-old relationship to land. The next stage is to amend the Local Environmental Plan to introduce this listing.”
Previous work by Council and others identified Moruya’s North Head and Garland Town as an area of significant Aboriginal heritage. The new heritage conservation area builds on previous work by Council while preparing its Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Study, various Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments for the Moruya Airport redevelopment, and a heritage nomination report.
Cr Hatcher said Council had since collaborated with the Aboriginal community to develop a landscape management plan for the area identifying traditional values while ensuring public access.
“There was an 18 month pause in the process – thanks to the fires, COVID, and sorry business – but we eventually had the documents finalised in June 2022 and now we’ve secured the funds to make it happen.”
Above: Mary Brierley, Aunty Doris Moore, and Maureen Davis. Mary Brierley and Maureen Davis delivered heart-felt presentations on the proposed heritage listing for land around Brierley’s boat ramp at the Tuesday 14 February council meeting.