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Cultural interpretations

Published 1 July 2021 Work with Aboriginal communities to increase cultural interpretation in marine parks. This will include signage and artwork depicting the stories and cultures of Aboriginal peoples’ connections to Sea Country and will be developed with Aboriginal communities to increase public awareness of Aboriginal cultural values.
content image The song-line painting depicts species of cultural significance to the Worimi people and illustrates the connection between Worimi people and the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park.


For thousands of years Aboriginal people have been passing on stories and knowledge from generation to generation. These stories shape their everyday living on Country (Land, Water and Sea). Their connection to the land is strong and enduring.

Many Aboriginal communities are custodians of Sea Country. They decide which aspects of their cultural values and knowledge should be shared with the broader community.

The sharing of this knowledge is a window into the spiritual and cultural importance of places, animals and totems within First Nations land and Sea Country.

Aboriginal communities are working with marine park staff to design cultural interpretations including artworks, signage and sculptures to depict their cultural connection with Sea Country in NSW marine parks. These will include stories, meanings, languages, animals and the spiritual beliefs that have shaped Aboriginal culture.


  • Cape Byron Marine Park
  • Solitary Islands Marine Park
  • Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park

Local government areas - Byron Shire, Coffs Harbour coucil, Port Stephens Council

Lead agency

Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries


    • Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal)
    • Yaegl Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
    • Worimi Traditional Knowledge Holders and Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council

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