NSW Government

The staff of the NPWS acknowledge that the indigenous peoples are the original custodians of the lands and waters, animals and plants of New South Wales and its many and varied landscapes.

We acknowledge the suffering and injustice that resulted from colonisation and that this continues today for many Aboriginal people. We feel regret and sorrow that the loss of their traditional lands has been a source of enduring pain to Aboriginal people. As people working in a government land management agency, we acknowledge a special responsibility in finding creative and positive ways to move forward together with a shared understanding of the past.

We recognise that the Aboriginal peoples of NSW, despite being dispossessed, maintain a diversity of living cultures and a unique and deeply felt attachment to the lands and waters of NSW. In our role of managing and conserving natural and cultural heritage we commit ourselves not only to respect this attachment but also to learn from it. We in the NPWS will strive to achieve reconciliation with Aboriginal people in our daily work.

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