History defines how we have come to be in the present, and can guide our future. It is therefore essential that we record a balanced and truthful account of history. The Sydney Ochre Grid seeks to correct historical inaccuracies or omissions to develop a shared identity.

Currently, Aboriginal culture is largely missing from the planning process. It is considered when undertaking archaeological investigations and recording heritage but rarely in the design of places.

The NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires the sustainable management of built and cultural heritage including Aboriginal cultural heritage. The Sydney Ochre Grid will assist with this and other regulatory requirements in a practical way, as a useful tool to help government, local communities, designers, and developers create better places.

For more information, read Sydney Ochre Grid – a work-in-progress draft brochure about the Grid’s objectives, and why and how it is being developed.