Five students from the University of South Wales visited the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s GIS unit to discuss cultural heritage mapping.
Wet Tropics GIS senior technical officer Mike Stott talked to students about spatial data, information, data capture and GIS mapping of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Andrew Bolam from Indigenous Partnerships also spoke about the importance of cultural heritage mapping for Rainforest Aboriginal peoples and how useful GIS can be in protecting and managing cultural heritage for future generations.
The students are undertaking a cultural mapping exercise for the Kuku Nyungkal people. This exercise supports implementation of the Kuku Nyungkal’s ‘Caring for our Country’ Plan of Management. The plan is the first of a three which will be developed for the entire Eastern Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Protected Area.
The students are helping to produce a range of land use and joint biophysical and cultural maps that will include place names, camping areas and walking tracks.
The first maps are expected to be completed by June next year with another group of students to continue the mapping after June 2014.