Cultural heritage site locations

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Key finding

Artefact scatters are the most prevalent type of site location recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database.

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Queensland

At 30 June 2015, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database recorded 42,537 site locations in Queensland. The database is an information tool established under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage legislation to help assess the cultural heritage values of an area.

More than 10,000 new locations have been recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database since 2012.

About 81% of new locations include stone artefact scatters. The next highest site type category is scarred trees (about 3.5% of new locations). Scarred trees are important because they bear the scars of cultural activities from the past including the purposeful removal of bark to make canoes or other items.

As there are no legislative requirements to report cultural heritage site locations, the total number of new locations recorded on the database does not represent the total number of new cultural heritage site locations recorded in Queensland.

North

At 30 June 2015, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database held 11,529 site locations for the northern region. The database is an information tool established under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage legislation to help assess the cultural heritage values of an area.

More than 3,000 new locations in the North Cultural Heritage Region have been recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database since 2012. About 72% of new locations include stone artefact scatters as the site type. Paintings (rock art) are the next highest site type at 8% of the newly-recorded locations.

As there are no legislative requirements to report cultural heritage site locations, the total number of new locations recorded on the database does not represent the total number of new cultural heritage site locations recorded in the region.

Central

At 30 June 2015, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database held 15,561 site locations for central region. The database is an information tool established under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage legislation to help assess the cultural heritage values of an area.

More than 1,700 new locations in the Central Cultural Heritage Region have been recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database since 2012. About 79% of new locations include stone artefact scatters as the site type Cultural places, including story places and resource areas, are the next highest site type at about 9% of newly-recorded locations.

As there are no legislative requirements to report cultural heritage site locations, the total number of new locations recorded on the database does not represent the total number of new cultural heritage site locations recorded in the region.

South

At 30 June 2015, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database held 15,447 site locations for south region. The database is an information tool established under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage legislation to help assess the cultural heritage values of an area.

More than 5,400 new locations in the South Cultural Heritage Region have been recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database since 2012. About 88% of new locations include stone artefact scatters as the site type. Earth features (or hearths) are the next highest site type at about 4.5% of the newly-recorded locations.

As there are no legislative requirements to report cultural heritage site locations, the total number of new locations recorded on the database does not represent the total number of new cultural heritage site locations recorded in the region.

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Indicator: Change in number of locations recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database

Change in number of locations recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database by Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships regions for 2012-2015 financial years. Current at July 2015.

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