NSW’s Heritage

NSW's heritage

NSW’s heritage is diverse and inclusive of many different peoples and cultures. It contains Aboriginal cultural heritage and landscapes that have been there for tens of thousands of years. The State of New South Wales has hundreds of years of history behind it, with many landmarks and historical structures. Heritage NSW protects the heritage of New South Wales by enforcing the Heritage Act 1977 and the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage indicates places or objects that are significant to Aboriginal people. This cultural heritage is the collection of traditions, beliefs, and practices of Aboriginal people.

NSW’s Environmental Heritage

Environmental heritage includes places, buildings, relics, works, precincts, and moveable objects that have heritage significance. It reflects the community’s social and cultural development.

Intangible Heritage

Intangible heritage refers to the traditions passed down through ancestors that are not bound by physical places or objects. But a person or a community carries those traditions in the living style. Traditional or social practices, language, stories, festivities, food, costume, performing arts, dance, and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts are among the kinds of intangible heritage. It is also known as living heritage.

NSW’s Maritime heritage

Maritime heritage includes all forms of cultural, and historical archaeological resources found along our coastlines, in our river and lakes systems, and in the sea. By studying our maritime heritage, we can learn about our interactions with various water sources for tens of thousands of years.

NSW’s Natural heritage

Natural heritage term refers to the physical and biological formations which bring natural importance to our ecosystems, biodiversity, and geodiversity. Resources of natural heritage include wilderness areas, waterways, geological sites, animals and plants. Natural heritage significance can be associated with social, scientific, or life-support value.

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