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Nov 23, 2017 international
Torres Shire Planning Scheme, Torres Strait, Qld

Project overview

  • Commenced in 2007
  • Undertaken in 2016
  • Project value $48k


  • Torres Shire Council, Thursday Island

The catalyst for the project was the introduction of new planning act in Queensland. This provided the opportunity to improve the heritage schedule and expand it to better protect cultural heritage places and values including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places.
Review of heritage listing, community consultation and development of a predictive model for heritage


For the first time the planning tools available to the local council, residents, traditional owners and developers will enable them to set appropriate conditions on proposed development to ensure that cultural heritage is adequately considered. Traditional owners and long term residents of settler families have had input into the heritage legacy that they wish to pass on to future generations.

The Project

The project required us to review the current Local Heritage Register to confirm whether existing registered sites should be carried forward into the new planning scheme and to develop a mechanism for the identification and protection of archaeological sites. Sites of value to the Kaurareg Traditional owners had not previously been include on the heritage schedule. As part of this project we held workshops on Horn Island and on Thursday Island to identify places of cultural significance to local people.

We scaled the project to the budget by developing a predictive model for archaeological and traditional aboriginal heritage that could be refined over time.

Download the Project Sheet here