Kamay Botany Bay National Park is a magnificent headland site that bounds the mouth of Botany Bay, Sydney. The Kurnell Precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located on the southern headland of Botany Bay. The place is highly significant for Australia as it is the site of first contact in 1770 between Aboriginal Australians and the crew the HMB Endeavour. It is also the place of last sighting of the French explorer Compte de La Perouse in 1788, the locality for many of the plant species first collected by Banks and Solander, and contains important samples of endangered ecological communities.
The Kamay 2020 Project is a joint Australian and New South Wales Governments project to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell. This significant project has been informed by the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell: Master Plan and Plan of Management to deliver improved visitor amenity and access, provide new experiences and acknowledge the diversity of stories associated with this place.
Public feedback was sought from 30 April to 02 August 2018 on the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell: Draft Master Plan and the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Draft Plan of Management as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. The Master Plan has now been finalised and the Plan of Management adopted.
What's happening at Kurnell?The 250th anniversary of the first contact between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the Endeavour provides a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at this nationally significant place as one that respects and interprets many layers of history.
The recommended actions from the endorsed Master Plan will be implemented in stages. Stage 1 delivery will commence in 2020 and includes:
- Installation of three new public art sculptures by Aboriginal artists. Two sculptures will be created by Theresa Ardler and Julie Squires with ThinkOTS, and one will be created by Alison Page and Nik Lachacjzak with UAP Australia. These designs were selected by the Kamay 2020 Project Board through an open tender process. The Board considered input from a public consultation period in October and November 2019 in its decision making process. The selected sculptures which will be installed are- 'the Whales and the Canoes', and 'Eyes of the Land and the Sea', also known informally as 'The Ribs'. These sculptures were selected to promote understanding and reflection on the different perspectives that people have of the events of 1770.
- Restoration and repairs to Alpha House.
- Minor conservation works to the existing 1870 Cook Obelisk.
- Repairs to toilets at Commemoration Flat and Cricketers Pitch.
Detailed investigation, planning and design for other elements of Stage 1 including a new Visitors Centre are also underway. Information on future works and activities will be provided later in 2020 and you can refer to the Master Plan for details on what's planned.