A plan for the future
“We want to see the Worimi Conservation Lands respected and acknowledged as part of Worimi country. The Worimi Conservation Lands IS a Worimi cultural landscape that we want to protect for future generations. We want to be able to teach others about our land and our culture and in return developing respect for our land and our culture for the future, as our Elders have entrusted to us. Protecting, respecting and connecting to country is not something that can wait for the future, but must be acted on now . . . ” – Worimi Conservation Lands Board of Management, 2015
In December 2015 the Worimi Conservation Lands Board of Management released their ten-year plan to improve awareness, understanding and protection of Worimi culture and sites, and guide conservation and sustainable recreation and tourism.
The development of the first management plan for such an important Aboriginal cultural landscape is a significant achievement for the board, and the Worimi people.
The Worimi Conservation Lands Plan of Management focuses on:
- Improving awareness, understanding and protection of Worimi cultural values and sites, including new sites as they are exposed by shifting sands
- Restoring and protecting the frontal dune and beach vegetation
- Providing 22.5km of Stockton beachfront for 4WD driving and horse riding
- Providing 350 hectare area of dunes for 4WD driving and conditionally registered quad and trail bikes riding
- Maintaining and improving safe and sustainable access at Anna Bay, Lavis Lane and Fern Bay
- Providing access to 3km of beachfront near Anna Bay as an on-leash dog area
- Introducing safe and sustainable camping at up to 30 designated camp sites
- Continuing occupation of Tin City under a licence system
- Continuing commercial tourism.
The 13-member WCL Board of Management represents the interests of Worimi Traditional Owners, Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council, Port Stephens Council, neighbouring land owners, conservation interests and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The plan has been formally adopted by the NSW Minister for the Environment and the NSW Minister for Lands and Water.
Download a copy of the Worimi Conservation Lands Plan of Management or phone NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Hunter Coast Area office on 02 4984 8200 to obtain a copy of the plan.