Willandra Lakes Ancestral remains

Notice of publication of Submissions Report for the preliminary documentation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Publication of preliminary documentation - Willandra Ancestral remains reburial 2022

The following notice was published pursuant to Section 95B(2) of the EPBC Act that requires the publication of preliminary documentation for information following the public comment period where comments are received. This publication is for information only.

Heritage NSW (now part of the Department of Planning and Environment) proposes to rebury 108 Aboriginal Ancestors (including Mungo Man and Mungo Woman) that were previously excavated from the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area. The Ancestors will be reburied at 26 sites across Mungo National Park and four Western Land Lease properties in NSW. The reburial project is the final stage in the return of the repatriated Ancestors that are currently held in secure storage at Mungo National Park (reference: EPBC 2021/8951).

The proposed action was determined a Controlled Action under the EPBC Act with a Preliminary Documentation level of assessment. The controlling provisions are World Heritage properties (Sections 12 & 15A) and National Heritage places (Sections 15B & 15C).

Summary of Public Submissions 

EPBC referral and attachments