Hidden landscapes: Aboriginal landscapes in contemporary planning and design activities in Melbourne

Adams, Ella and Jones, David 2018, Hidden landscapes: Aboriginal landscapes in contemporary planning and design activities in Melbourne, in 2017 SOAC : 8th State of Australian Cities National Conference, Australian Cities Research Network, [Adelaide, S. Aust.], pp. 1-11, doi: 10.4225/50/5b2f23486eec6.

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Title Hidden landscapes: Aboriginal landscapes in contemporary planning and design activities in Melbourne
Author(s) Adams, Ella
Jones, DavidORCID iD for Jones, David orcid.org/0000-0003-3990-5520
Conference name State of Australian Cities. National Conference (8th : 2017 : Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, S. Aust.
Conference dates 2017/11/28 - 2017/11/30
Title of proceedings 2017 SOAC : 8th State of Australian Cities National Conference
Publication date 2018
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Cities Research Network
Place of publication [Adelaide, S. Aust.]
Keyword(s) settler colonialism
Aboriginal heritage
urban planning
traditional owners
Summary Throughout the colonial settlement of Australia, Aboriginal people were subject to processes of colonial dispossession that have had a profound effect on their communities, language and culture, and in many places their over-arching tangible and intangible Country. These processes included conscious and unconscious attempts to erase them from their Country directly through the fictional legal doctrine of terra nullius; through physical and biological genocide; culturally through policies of social and religious assimilation that arguably continue; and symbolically through the misrepresentation of their identities as the ‘primitive other’ through an essentialised notion of Aboriginality. This process of erasure was, and continues to be evident in Australia’s metropolitan areas where Aboriginal tangible and intangible Country are subject to appropriation, misappropriation, erasure, and subsumption of place and meaning in a sea of urbanisation and peri-urban expansion. In this context, this paper considers recent renovations to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 which in part redress this erasure, as well as the ambit of the Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan (2016), focusing upon the metropolitan Melbourne Country of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung, ventures in nomenclature appropriation, and recent acts of tangible landscape (planning and design) appropriation, to offer avenues to better accommodate their tangible heritage and living narratives.
Language eng
DOI 10.4225/50/5b2f23486eec6
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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