GANSW is currently working with recognised Aboriginal knowledge holders and professionals as well as the design industry, government and community to develop practical guidance about how to Design with Country.

The NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) requires the sustainable management of built and cultural heritage including Aboriginal cultural heritage. Designing with Country will help all stakeholders directly involved in built environment projects to respond to this and other regulatory requirements in a practical way. It is part of GANSW’s program to develop useful tools to help Government, local communities, designers, and developers create better places.

GANSW is working with recognised Aboriginal knowledge holders, built environment experts, and community to develop a set of Cultural Design Principles. These Principles will be accompanied by an implementation framework that can be applied to all Government projects to ensure that we deliver on the ambitions of the EP&A Act to sustainably manage Aboriginal culture and heritage, and to deliver good urban design.

The establishment of Cultural Design Principles will also help support the New Approach to Planning by the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment.

Designing with Country discussion paper

Designing with Country is a discussion paper that encourages all stakeholders – designers, clients, communities, planners and developers – to consider how they respond to Aboriginal cultural connections to Country when they are designing and planning new projects.

It stems from a growing desire to ensure that the value and significance of contemporary Aboriginal culture, as well as Aboriginal heritage, is respected and celebrated in the built environment. It is a summary of recent forum discussions and research that is informing the development of cultural design principles that can be applied to Government projects.

Who is the discussion paper for?

Designing with Country is for all stakeholders who have a direct role in procuring, designing, delivering and advising on Government projects that impact Aboriginal communities, culture and Country.

The challenge of how to 'design with Country' requires a broad range of knowledge and experience. GANSW invites interested individuals and organisations including Aboriginal community members, recognised cultural knowledge holders, design and planning industry experts, and Government representatives to consider and respond to the questions posed here in order to help inform a set of Cultural Design Principles and a framework to apply these to all built environment projects delivered by Government.

Have your say on the Designing with Country discussion paper and let us know about how you have successfully incorporated Aboriginal leadership and advice in the design of your project.

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