Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plans
Cultural Heritage Management Plan
Wait! Don’t go spending 20 to 30 thousand dollars on one of these until you read this!
Unit Development Westmeadows
We recently had a phone call from an enquirer wanting to build units in Westmeadows. After some time on the phone he indicated that he had quotes from some designers and was upset that he had to pay some $25,000 for a Cultural Heritage Management Plan because the site was in an area of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sensitivity.
We said to our potential Client that this was his lucky day, as the regulations had recently changed, and he was not required to do one. Was he happy and did we get the job? You bet!
The main regulations covering building in Areas of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sensitivity is the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2007. On 1st August 2016 the regulations were changed.
Regulation 8a of the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations states the following:
The construction of 3 or more dwellings on a lot or allotment is an exempt activity if the lot or allotment is
(a) not within 200 metres of the coastal waters of Victoria or the Murray River; and
(b) less than 0·11 hectares. (1100 sqm)
Previously Cultural heritage Managerment Plans were required on all lots in Areas of of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sensitivity regardless of the size. As many sites are less than 1100sqm and not within 200m of the coastal waters of Victoria or the Murray River then you don’t need one.
Anyone not advising you of this is costing you some serious money!