1.3.4 Sociocultural assets


All 106 sociocultural assets were sourced from the Australian Heritage Database (Department of the Environment, 2015), of which 82 are considered to be water dependent (surface and/or groundwater). No additional sociocultural assets were nominated at the Galilee asset workshops in Longreach and Richmond in September 2014, and in Brisbane in October 2014.

Many sociocultural assets with identified heritage values are also areas with natural values. Consequently they are partly or entirely protected under national and/or state conservation legislation, and thus are also nominated as ecological assets. A high proportion of this type of sociocultural asset is water dependent. Other sociocultural assets are historical places, including several places associated with the ill-fated 19th century expedition of Burke and Wills. Most of the historical places are also water dependent, because they are located on floodplains.

Thirty-three Indigenous assets were listed in the Register of the National Estate within the Australian Heritage database, of which 16 are considered to be water dependent. Meetings have been held with Indigenous knowledge holders in the Galilee subregion to gain further understanding of Indigenous cultural water-dependent assets and possible additional nominations.

Last updated:
6 December 2018