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The following is a list of the Aboriginal community organisations that cover the local area and provide support for the local community or provide cultural services. It is important to acknowledge that local land, culture and heritage matters, as a point of respect, should be brought to the attention of Traditional Owner groups. Contacts for Darug and Gundungurra representative bodies are identified below.

Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre (ACRC)
14 Oak Street, Katoomba, NSW 2780                                  
P.O. Box 334, Katoomba NSW 2780
Ph: 02 4782 6569
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The Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre was officially established in 1996 with the purpose of undertaking the following objectives:

Acknowledge, appreciate and respect Gundungurra and Darug People as the traditional owners/custodians of the land, and their respective cultures; 

Provide all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of the Blue Mountains Local Government Area with:

  • access and equity in the provision of services;
  • support and assist in overcoming physical and cultural isolation; and
  • a place to share, learn and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, arts, history and heritage.
  • Create opportunities for and empower the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through economic development;
  • Build cultural relations between the non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal communities; and
  • Be proactive in addressing racism and discrimination.

Darug Custodians Aboriginal Corporation
P.O. 36, Kellyville, NSW 2155
Ph: 02 4577-5181
Though not based in the Mountains the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation’s core business is supporting Darug People, Culture and Country, which includes large parts of the Blue Mountains region. The organisation has the following objectives:

  • Maintain a custodial role in the protection of Darug sacred places and sites;
  • Maintain a custodial role in relation to Darug Cultural Traditions;
  • Be a custodial repository for artefacts and relics relating to Darug lands;
  • Promote community awareness and understanding of Darug culture;
  • Foster and promote wider community awareness and relationships with Darug descendents;
  • Continue and expand Darug traditional crafts and contemporary arts and crafts;
  • Provide and open venue for Darug descendents to discuss and negotiate matters relating to Darug land and culture;
  • Promote and put into action, conservation practices based on Darug traditional values;
  • Act as an agent for Darug native title holders; and
  • Hold native title on behalf of Darug native title holders.

Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation
P.O. Box 441, Blacktown, NSW 2148
Ph: 02 9622 4081
www.darug.org.au

Based in Western Sydney the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation’s central focus is Darug People, Culture and Country, inclusive of large parts of the Blue Mountains. The organisation has the following objectives:

  • Trace the family history of the Darug and preserve it for future generations of Australians;
  • Establish a register of Darug people;
  • Hold an annual reunion for all Darug people, their family and friends;
  • Support the establishment of a cultural centre of Darug culture, for the benefit of the community, by collecting objects and information relating to Darug history and culture;
  • Promote Darug culture in the wider community;
  • Provide the Aboriginal community with resources and information on the Darug people;
  • Work with and support other Aboriginal organisations in the Darug area;
  • Obtain claims for Darug traditional lands under Native Title claims for Darug people; and
  • Help create security for Aboriginal people through economic development.

Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council (DLALC) 
Lvl 1, Suite 3, 295 High St, Penrith NSW 2750
P.O. Box 40, Penrith BC 2751
Ph:02 4724 5600
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www.deerubbin.org.au

The Land Council is incorporated under Sections 5 & 6 of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act, 1983 No.42 as amended. The functions of the DLALC are those provided for in Section 12 of the Act and in the rules of DLALC. These include:

  • Acquire land and to use it in accordance with the Act and Regulations;
  • Seek funds from the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) for administrative purposes;
  • Give effect to the wishes of members as expressed at meetings of the DLALC;
  • Make claims for Crown Land;
  • Provide housing for Aboriginal People in the Land Council's area;
  • Protect and foster the interests of members and all Aboriginal people within the Land Council's area; and
  • Commence support and carry out proposals designed to protect and preserve the sites and culture of traditional peoples of the Land Councils area.

The Council's name was officially changed to Deerubbin on 2nd May 1997 (being formally known as Daruk Local Aboriginal Land Council).

The Gully Traditional Owners Incorporated
P.O. Box 31, Lawson NSW 2783  
Ph: 02 4757 3223
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The Gully Traditional Owners Inc. is based in the Blue Mountains and has a specific focus on an Aboriginal Place known as ‘The Gully’ situated in Katoomba. The aims and objectives of the organisation are:
  • Advance The Gully Traditional Owners awareness in relation to the development of The Gully;
  • Advance the general public’s awareness of the culture, land, heritage, and sacred sites (without disclosing the location of the sacred sites) of The Gully people;
  • Identify traditional Gully sacred sites, culturally significant areas and the heritage of The Gully;
  • Record and maintain all traditional Gully sacred sites, cultural significant areas and heritage of The Gully;
  • Negotiate and consult with all relevant Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations on matters that pertain to The Gully people, their heritage, culture, land and sacred sites; and
  • Promote employment for appropriately qualified Gully people in positions which will promote and advance the interest of The Gully people as well as encourage Gully people to seek such qualifications.
Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association Incorporated
P.O. Box 31, Lawson NSW 2783
Ph: 02 4757 3223
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Located in the Mountains the Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association’s core dealings are Gundungurra Land, Culture and People.  The establishment of the organisation is to undertake the following aims and objectives:

  • Advance Gundungurra peoples awareness in relation to the development of Gundungurra land;
  • Advance the general public’s awareness of the culture, land, heritage, and sacred sites (without disclosing the location of the sacred sites) of the Gundungurra people;
  • Record and maintain all traditional Gundungurra sacred sites and land.
  • Identify traditional Gundungurra sacred sites and land;
  • Negotiate and consult with all relevant Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations on matters that pertain to the Gundungurra people, their heritage, culture, land and sacred sites; and
  • Promote employment for appropriate qualified Gundungurra people in positions which will promote and advance the interest of the Gundungurra people as well as encourage Gundungurra people to seek such qualifications.
Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation
14 Oak Street, Katoomba NSW 2780
Ph: 02 4782 3081
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www.gundungurra.org.au

The Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation has its base in Katoomba having a core focus on Land, Culture and People within the Gundungurra area. The aims and objectives of the corporation are:

  • Advance Gundungurra peoples awareness in relation to the development of Gundungurra land;
  • Act as a registered Native Title Body Corporate pursuant to the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993, as amended, on behalf of Gundungurra people;
  • Employ persons with the appropriate skills needed to service the administrative requirements of members of the Corporation;
  • Establish and provide suitable premises to accommodate the incorporation to enhance accessibility of Gundungurra people;
  • Provide culturally appropriate awareness programs of Gundungurra heritage and culture;
  • Develop a Gundungurra communication network;
  • Access and maintain suitable housing on behalf of Gundungurra people;
  • Record and maintain all traditional Gundungurra sacred sites and land; and
  • Negotiate and consult on an ongoing basis with all relevant Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations with matters relating to Gundungurra people, heritage and culture.