The rail route is located nearby two registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites — the Swan River and Poison Gully Creek near the High Wycombe end of the line.
As such, notices were lodged under Section 18 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 for the project. Before preparing and lodging its statutory request for approvals relating to impacts on Aboriginal heritage, the PTA undertook site-specific heritage consultation surveys.
For each consultation survey, the project team selected appropriate spokespersons and ensured Noongar representation based on advice from SWALSC, the Whadjuk Working Party, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Public Transport Authority’s Aboriginal heritage consultant. This process took place in January 2015 and was an important milestone for the project, allowing planning to remain on target to deliver this important rail line in 2022.
Header photo: Noongar elder Mr Neville Collard performed a smoking ceremony at the future High Wycombe Station site in February 2017, at the location where the two tunnel boring machines were later launched.