Meeting Place Conservation Management Plan

Conservation Management Plan


NSW Department of Commerce State Property

The Meeting Place Precinct is within Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, near Sydney’s southern beaches, and is the site of the first encounter between Indigenous Australians and the expedition lead by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770.

It is historically, socially and symbolically unique to New South Wales, as well as being a place of outstanding national importance. The stories of this encounter have inspired feelings of celebration, shame and everything in between. This place is therefore at the heart of an important process of history-making and sense of identity for Australians.

Context developed a Conservation Management Plan detailing a vision that recognises this powerful story and its many nuances, as well as recognising the complexity and mutability of the values of this place.

Working closely with the Aboriginal community, and completed in close collaboration with the consultant team drawn from Urban Initiatives, the Parks and Wildlife Group and the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW, the Plan was developed to ensure the balanced and inclusive management of the complex values, meanings and associations embodied by this important site.

The involvement of the Aboriginal community was critical in shaping clear policies that support stronger Aboriginal participation, and respect the depth of history and difficult meanings that this place embodies.

2009 Energy Australia National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards: Conservation Management Plan category
2008 PIA NSW Planning Excellence Award – Heritage