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Our Heritage

Aboriginal heritage and Birpai nation

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council acknowledges the Birpai people as the traditional custodians of the lands within its local government boundaries and is aware that local government boundaries do not attempt to define traditional boundaries.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area has four Aboriginal representative bodies under the Land Rights Act 1983, the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council and Taree-Purfleet Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Aboriginal Awareness and Understanding Strategy 2013 - 2017 strategy goal is to:

 Share Our Place, Connect Our Stories and Walk Together As One.

Increase understanding of the Aboriginal community, culture and a shared history through developing goals in the three distinct areas of:

  • Our Shared Place
  • Our Connected Stories
  • Together as One

Connecting you to local stories:

Aboriginal-Hand.jpgGo to the Legendary Pacific Coast Website and click on the Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Stories logo to find out more of our stories  from the Port Macquarie-Hastings region 


Then go to the map and click on the map of the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.


Indigenous Australians Using Trees and Timber

Find out more about the stories and uses of local trees and plants by the Biripi people

More Information

For more information on the Biripi people see Mid North Coast Library and Port Macquarie Historical Society


This page was last updated on: 28 June 2017