Jibbon Head

“Balancing community access and education with rare Aboriginal heritage”

Executive Summary

Located within the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, the Aboriginal engravings at Jibbon Headland have long been a popular location for the public to appreciate the cultural heritage of the local Dharawal people. However, increasing visitor numbers had contributed to its deterioration, with erosion and abrasion putting the preservation of the engravings at risk. Identified by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) as an important landmark on the Royal Coast Track, Fleetwood was engaged to construct a new viewing platform and walkway that would provide urgent protection to the area, whilst still allowing adequate public access to the unique cultural site.

Client

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Completed

2014

State

NSW

Design Partners

Phillips Marler

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail

Fleetwood Involvement

Fleetwood was selected to deliver the iconic new structures based on our proven expertise working within sensitive environments. We began by partnering with Phillips Marler to identify and fine-tune the most effective designs, methodology and materials. We then led the highly complex construction phase, flying in pre-mixed sand and cement for the above ground footings by helicopter in bulka bags to avoid site contamination and speed up the construction process. Materials and tools were then manually carried into the area by foot along a 300-metre trail. The galvanised and painted steel work components for the walkway and the viewing platform were assembled offsite in small sections and then individually helicoptered into position with great care to complete the final installation.

Community Engagement

Extensive consultation was undertaken throughout the project with the local Aboriginal community to ensure both its cultural sensitivity and enduring value.