PROTECTION OF CULTURE AND HERITAGE
In 2019 there are 2,985 registered Aboriginal sites located within the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council boundaries. The traditional boundaries of Darkinjung (Darkinyung) land extend from the Hawkesbury River in the south, Lake Macquarie in the north, the McDonald River and Wollombi up to Mt Yengo in the west and the Pacific Ocean in the East.
Darkinjung LALC works with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NSW NPWS) to ensure that all discovered sites are recorded and registered with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and updated in the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) Database. Working with both NSW NPWS and OEH ensures the protection of habitats, ecosystems, plant and animal species, significant geological features and land forms and protects icons and sites of national significance.
Darkinjung LALC works with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations, carrying out legislation to protect Aboriginal Cultural and Heritage.
Such organisations include: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, State Forest NSW, Central Coast Hunter Range Regional Aboriginal Co-Management Committee, Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Aboriginal Reference Group, Gosford City and Wyong Shire Councils, Water Catchment Authorities, TransGrid & AusGrid.