Kamay 2020

Kamay 2020 commemorates 250 years since the encounter between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the HMB Endeavour.

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 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 since the encounter between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the HMB Endeavour 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.

The 250th anniversary of contact between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the HMB 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. To commemorate the anniversary in 2020, 3 bronze sculptures were installed along the Kurnell foreshore to shares stories from the perspective of the local Aboriginal community.

What's happening at Kurnell?

Implementation of Stage 1 of the Master Plan commenced in 2019 as part of the joint Australian and New South Wales Governments funding program. This includes several components managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS):

  • installation of the commemorative sculptures (completed April 2020)
  • conservation works to monuments including the 1870 Cook Obelisk (completed April 2020)
  • restoration of historic Alpha House (completed November 2020)
  • development of an Interpretation and Storytelling Plan (underway)
  • detailed investigation, planning and design for a new Visitors Centre and other infrastructure in the park (underway)
  • reinstatement of the ferry wharves at Kurnell and La Perouse is under development (this project is managed by Transport for NSW).

In addition to this, upgrades are planned for Cape Solander (2021) as part of the Improving Access to National Parks program funded by the NSW Government.

Information on these works and activities will be provided during the year and you can refer to the Master Plan for details on what's planned.

The Kamay 2020 Project to implement the Master Plan is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Kamay 2020 Project Board. The Board membership is listed below:

  • The Hon. Bruce Baird AM, Chair Kamay 2020 Project Board
  • Ms Julie Adams
  • Lil Gordon, Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW
  • Mr Greg Holland
  • The Hon. Dr David Kemp, Chair of the Australian Heritage Council
  • Dillon Kombumerri, Principal Architect NSW Government Architect
  • The Hon Ben Morton MP, Member for Tangney, Western Australia
  • Cr Carmello Pesce, Mayor Sutherland Shire Council
  • The Hon Mark Speakman MP, Member for Cronulla
  • Noeleen Timbery, Chair of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • The Hon. Robert Webster
  • Dr Atticus Fleming, Deputy Secretary National Parks and Wildlife Service

Funding has been provided by the Australian and New South Wales Governments. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is also working with partner organisations to deliver this project including Transport NSW.

The Kurnell headland has been a special place to Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years. It is a place of meeting, of ceremony and of plenty. As the landing place of the HMB Endeavour, Kurnell represents a significant place in Australia's history and represents the early contact between Aboriginal Australians and European explorers. The National Parks and Wildlife Service was given responsibility of Kurnell in 1967 and the Botany Bay National Park including La Perouse was gazetted in 1988. In 2016, 'Kamay' was added to the name of the national park to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Gweagal.

The Kamay 2020 Project was informed by the Master Plan and Plan of Management which were developed to protect, enhance and share the special values of the national park:

  • The Master Plan will improve the Kurnell precinct, with new visitor facilities and quality visitor experiences that respect and highlight the cultural importance of this place.
  • An updated Plan of Management for the whole park defines how National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will look after special places and values, provide opportunities for visitors, and work with the community to manage this park. The values identified in the plan of management inform what improvements can occur in the park.

During the development of these Plans, community engagement was undertaken with Aboriginal communities, the local Kurnell community, park users and visitors and school and education users among others involved in this process. The full summary of the engagement activities during this process can be found in the Summary of community and stakeholder engagement: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell.

Due to current restrictions around COVID-19, planned activities to respectfully commemorate the 250th anniversary of the meeting of cultures at Kamay Botany Bay National Park unfortunately are unable to go ahead. This includes Sutherland Council’s Meeting of Two Cultures event on the 29 April and the Gweagal Ceremony on the 28 April.

Kamay Botany Bay National Park is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. A conservation management plan for the Meeting Place Precinct at Kurnell was prepared in 2008 and endorsed by the NSW Heritage Council. Any major site works will be subject to rigorous environmental planning procedures in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and formal approval of the NSW Heritage Council under the Heritage Act 1977. The site is also recorded on the National Heritage List under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

As part of the Kamay 2020 Project, NPWS has partnered with Transport NSW to deliver ferry infrastructure to connect La Perouse and Kurnell across the bay. A ferry service ran along this route up until 1974 when the wharves were destroyed in storms. Funding for Kamay 2020 will contribute to this project and more information will be circulated as the project progresses.

Randwick City Council is responsible for the La Perouse Museum and has been undertaking a separate project focussed on this area. More information on this project can be found on the Council website.

Public feedback was sought from 30 April to 2 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 was finalised in February 2019 and the Plan of Management adopted in December 2019.

Updates on Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Design selected for new visitor centre

Following community consultation in 2020, the design of a new Visitor Centre and related visitor infrastructure in Kamay Botany Bay National Park at Kurnell has been selected.

  • 11 Feb 2021

Stage 1 Master Plan Delivery: Visitor Centre, infrastructure and landscaping design selection

National Parks and Wildlife Service engaged 3 leading architects to develop design options for the new Visitor Centre and major precinct infrastructure improvements in 2020.

  • 11 Feb 2021

Installation of the Kamay 2020 sculptures at Kurnell

Three bronze sculptures have been installed as part of the 250th Anniversary of the encounter between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the HMB Endeavour.

  • 28 Apr 2020
Kamay Botany public consultation

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