Each application lodged with Goulburn-Murray Water is required to be assessed to determine if the application requires a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2007. A CHMP is a written report prepared by a Heritage Advisor which contains the results of an assessment of the potential impact of a proposed activity or works on Aboriginal cultural heritage.
If you need more information about Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) or contacting a Heritage Adviser, go to the Aboriginal Victoria website.
A CHMP is required for an activity if:
- all or part of the activity is in an area of cultural heritage sensitivity. A waterway or land within 200m of a waterway may be considered an area of cultural heritage sensitivity; and
- all or part of the activity is a high impact activity.
If the proposed activity is not an exempt activity then an applicant must provide clear documented proof that they meet the exemptions from the requirement to prepare a CHMP, as specified in the Act and Regulations.
A CHMP may be required prior to commencing any works.
In circumstances where a CHMP is required, GMW cannot grant an application without an approved CHMP. Therefore, it is important an applicant is aware of their obligations under the Act and its Regulations.