Protecting our past as we build for the future
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018
Aunty Helena Gulash Welcome to Country at the signing of the Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project

An important milestone for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project was reached today (February 21) with the signing of the Cultural Heritage Management Plan between council and the Kabi Kabi First Nation.

Signed by Mayor Mark Jamieson and Kabi Kabi representatives, the management plan outlines how the cultural heritage of the land will be respected and recognised before, during and after the construction of the new 2450m x 45m runway which will open up the Sunshine Coast to new markets including Asia.

Mayor Jamieson said the management plan was “much more than a document”.

“This land and its surrounds once supported the Kabi Kabi people and their ancestral families and we are grateful and honoured that they have joined us on this journey”, Mayor Jamieson said.

“Our cultural heritage management plan is a mutually agreed approach between council and the Kabi Kabi First Nation People, respecting their culture and traditions and recognising the cultural heritage of the land on which we are building.

“Together we have already performed a cultural heritage survey and had cultural heritage monitors and spotter catchers on site throughout preliminary works.

“Through those activities we located a number of artefacts, such as grinding and pounding stones, and have engaged the services of an historian, archaeologist and anthropologist to help document the stories our site can tell.”

The Kabi Kabi applicants welcomed the recognition of Traditional Owners as custodians of the land and said they looked forward to working with council to protect, manage, and avoid causing harm to the cultural heritage of the site before, during and after construction.

“We look forward to engaging fully with the Sunshine Coast Council to build opportunities for future generations – to bring more Kabi Kabi families home,” a Kabi Kabi spokesperson said.

Mayor Jamieson said all of the pieces of the puzzle were now in place to enable the much awaited expansion of the airport to proceed with all due care and respect given to the cultural heritage of the site.

“I’m excited to see our airport grow and continue to serve the needs of this community and surrounding regions for generations to come,” he said.

“It’s a vital part of our future that will reinforce our position as one of Australia’s leading city-regions – one that is healthy, smart and creative while recognising and respecting our past.”