Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage on the Peninsula is overseen by the following public authorities:

  • The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation is a Registered Aboriginal Party and incorporated association representing the descendants of the Boon Wurrung Aboriginal people. The Land Council covers the former Boon Wurrung traditional lands along the eastern side of Port Phillip nay, including Mornington Peninsula, Western Port and South Gippsland. The Bunurong Land Council provides cultural heritage and environmental land management advice and is the approval body for Cultural Heritage Management Plans.
  • Aboriginal Victoria is the state government department responsible for administering the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and works with Traditional Owners to protect and manage Victoria's Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Contact our Planning Services team on 5950 1010 to find out if your proposal is likely to affect Aboriginal cultural heritage.  You may be required to prepare a Cultural Heritage Management Plan.  A Cultural Heritage Management Plan is required when a 'high impact activity' is planned in an area of 'cultural heritage sensitivity'.  These are defined in the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2018.

For more information about this process refer to Aboriginal Victoria's website -

https://www.aboriginalvictoria.vic.gov.au/cultural-heritage-management-plans