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Places of geological and cultural importance

Geological features in our landscape reflect the history of our land; the geological processes that formed the Earth, and the animals and plants that have lived on it. As an integral part of the landscape and our natural heritage they have considerable value for tourism and recreation, and enhance the visual appeal. The landscape is culturally important to Aboriginal people and underpins the health and wellbeing of the country and people.

The integrity and condition of geological heritage sites and landscapes may be diminished by inappropriate land use and development, or if access to vulnerable landforms and cultural sites is not regulated. Residential development, coastal developments, mining and exploration can also impact geological and Aboriginal heritage sites.

To protect geological features and landscapes from development and degradation, some sites have been listed as National or geological heritage sites and Aboriginal communities have identified and registered particular sites, objects and burials with the Aboriginal Heritage Committee.  The integrity and condition of most heritage sites remains unknown.