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Guidelines for categorisation of land as an area of cultural significance

105 Guidelines for categorisation of land as an area of cultural significance

Land should be categorised as an area of cultural significance under section 36 (4) of the Act if the land is:

(a) an area of Aboriginal significance, because the land:
(i) has been declared an Aboriginal place under section 84 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 , or
(ii) whether or not in an undisturbed state, is significant to Aboriginal people in terms of their traditional or contemporary cultures, or
(iii) is of significance or interest because of Aboriginal associations, or
(iv) displays physical evidence of Aboriginal occupation (for example, items or artifacts such as stone tools, weapons, engraving sites, sacred trees, sharpening grooves or other deposits, and objects or materials that relate to the settlement of the land or place), or
(v) is associated with Aboriginal stories, or
(vi) contains heritage items dating after European settlement that help to explain the relationship between Aboriginal people and later settlers, or
(b) an area of aesthetic significance, by virtue of:
(i) having strong visual or sensory appeal or cohesion, or
(ii) including a significant landmark, or
(iii) having creative or technical qualities, such as architectural excellence, or
(c) an area of archaeological significance, because the area contains:
(i) evidence of past human activity (for example, below-ground features such as building foundations, occupation deposits, features or artifacts or above-ground features such as buildings, works, industrial structures, and relics, whether intact or ruined), or
(ii) any other deposit, object or material that relates to the settlement of the land, or
(d) an area of historical significance, because of the importance of an association or position of the land in the evolving pattern of Australian cultural history, or
(e) an area of technical or research significance, because of the area's contribution to an understanding of Australia's cultural history or environment, or
(f) an area of social significance, because of the area's association with Aboriginal life after 1788 or the area's association with a contemporary community for social, spiritual or other reasons.

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