This independent report contains an Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment of Wallerberdina, a potential site for the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).
Wallerberdina is near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. The Flinders Ranges are within Adnyamathanha Country.
Expert heritage consultants, RPS, conducted this research and consulted with a heritage working group. Members of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association and the Viliwarinha Yura Aboriginal Corporation participated in the working group.
Initial consultation and a site visit identified sensitive Aboriginal cultural heritage sites adjacent or within the eastern project area. As a result, the eastern area is no longer considered for the facility. The report therefore focuses on the western project area.
Report findings include:
Adnyamathanha people maintain important cultural and social activities around the site access road
locating the facility within the western project area would avoid heritage impact
key opportunities exist to involve the Adnyamathanha community in all future stages of the project
recommendations like cultural awareness training for staff and an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan