This independent report contains an Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment of Wallerberdina Station.
Wallerberdina Station is near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges, which are within Adnyamathanha Country.
Expert heritage consultants RPS conducted the 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 was 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.