'What the stones tell us': challenges facing Aboriginal rock installations and metropolitan urban expansion

Jones, David and Threadgold, Heather 2018, 'What the stones tell us': challenges facing Aboriginal rock installations and metropolitan urban expansion, in 2017 SOAC : 8th State of Australian Cities National Conference, Australian Cities Research Network, [Adelaide, S. Aust.], pp. 1-12, doi: 10.4225/50/5b2f180e6eebb.

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Title 'What the stones tell us': challenges facing Aboriginal rock installations and metropolitan urban expansion
Author(s) Jones, DavidORCID iD for Jones, David orcid.org/0000-0003-3990-5520
Threadgold, Heather
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 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Australian Cities Research Network
Place of publication [Adelaide, S. Aust.]
Keyword(s) Aboriginal stone sites
contentious space
urban sprawl
cultural meaning
Summary Aboriginal stone arrangements in Australia are rarely found intact. These installations are even more difficult to appreciate their existence, to understand their cultural roles and narratives for Aboriginal communities, and conclusively understand what they mean to current generations. Many reside in the individual and or collective memory of Aboriginal Elders and their existence and purpose are not necessarily in the public domain nor appreciated by conventional Western land use planning, and Aboriginal-adapted and Western heritage regimes. While many known sites reside in regional landscapes across Australia’s lands and waters, it is the sites on the peri-urban fringes of Australia’s metropolitan cities that are causing considerable angst to Aboriginal custodians, and debates by land use planners and developers as to how to accommodate such sites in sprawl. Two such sites -- Wurdi Youang and Sunbury Earth Rings – in metropolitan Melbourne have common factors that allow an understanding of Indigenous culture, the positioning of the sites and three layers of landscape: ancient, Indigenous Country’s, and Western created and envisaged landscape. Both sites impinge upon pastoral lands and are under threat by urban sprawl. Land use planning reactions to this issue have primarily involved adaptation; a process whereby Aboriginal custodians, heritage and community groups and governments work together to create a new layered landscape of meaning that incorporates culture, community, a space, and seeks to protect / preserve / conserve the site as an artefact in time. This contrasts with comprehending its cultural meaning and role, its contribution to Indigenous cultural values, and how it sits in the process of culture establishment and continuity.
Language eng
DOI 10.4225/50/5b2f180e6eebb
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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