All Transport projects start with Country. Many roads, railways, waterways and future corridors follow traditional Songlines, trade routes and ceremonial paths used by First Nations peoples.
As the Airport Precinct evolves we’re using the principles of OCHRE (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment) to create environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits for all members of local community, while enabling First Nations people to maintain their spiritual links to Country.
Work is continuing to preserve Aboriginal heritage items and areas of cultural significance in the Airport Precinct. Country will be celebrated and incorporated in building design and naming, movement networks, language, road names, artwork, knowledge sharing and conservation of sacred areas and heritage items.
Recognising Country along the M12 corridor
A local Dharug Dreaming story, the Great Emu in the Sky, is a 30-metre-high installation enshrined along the M12 corridor symbolising the interconnectedness between People, Culture and Country – a ‘Welcome to Country’ for international tourists, visitors and commuters complemented by traditional artwork such as Emu Footprints on Country and Eucalypt leaf canopies.
Aboriginal heritage in the Airport Precinct
Transport recognises the natural environments and rich indigenous history and heritage in the Airport Precinct including stories and spiritual spaces. Ropes Creek, Badgerys Creek, Thompsons Creek and Wianamatta–South Creek were important meeting places and sources of nutrition for Aboriginal communities. Our work in soil conservation as well as native seed collection and propagation for our projects, are some of the ways we aim to preserve the landscape and recognise cultural heritage.