Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (Darkinjung) on the Central Coast of NSW, has welcomed government plans to develop economic and social opportunities for the local community.

NSW Department of Planning and Housing and Darkinjung have worked together to develop a framework that will bolster self-determination, enable the community to gain economic benefit from their land, and will create certainty for environmental and cultural preservation.

Darkinjung chairperson, Matthew West, said this is an opportunity for a bright and more prosperous future.

“These are measures made possible in the spirit of reconciliation by the Department of Planning and Housing and Darkinjung coming together to understand what we see as the future for the Central Coast,” Mr West said.

The planning measures encompass Darkinjung’s approximately 3,700 hectares of land and Mr West said they will generate growth in the region.


Video provided by the NSW Department of Planning and Housing and Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council. 

“Our development agenda will see the northern growth corridor of Wyong developed along it’s naturally occurring boundary. This will help to generate jobs and business opportunities in a community ready and willing to share in the economic success so abundant in New South Wales at present,” he said.

Co-ordinator General for the Central Coast, Lee Shearer, said strengthening Darkinjung’s economic self-determination aligns with the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036.

“The Regional Plan recognises that encouraging Aboriginal people to gain economic benefit from their land will support broader regional development, environmental and social outcomes,” she said.

The plan’s titled The Darkinjung Delivery Framework and consists of eight actions, including a State Environmental Planning Policy 2019, a Ministerial Direction, an Interim Darkinjung Development Delivery Plan and a Memorandum of Understanding which will outline details of the partnership between Darkinjung and the NSW government.

The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 and is one of 120 Local Aboriginal Land Councils in New South Wales.

By Rachael Knowles