Kamay Botany Bay National Park: commemorative installation

Designs for a commemorative installation closed for public comment 11 November 2019.

The Kamay 2020 Project is a joint NSW and Commonwealth governments project to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

The Kamay 2020 Project includes the design and construction of a commemorative installation to tell the stories of this first meeting, which will be delivered by 29 April 2020.

Tenders for the design and construction of the commemorative installation project closed in August 2019. The Kamay 2020 Project Board then shortlisted concept designs for public exhibition which closed 11 November 2019.

Kamay 2020 commemorative installation

The commemorative installation will be a public artwork or structure which will mark the 250th anniversary of the arrival of HMB Endeavour and the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell and interpret the cultural heritage and significance of Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Community feedback will be gathered from the public exhibition of the short-listed design options which closed November 2019. The Kamay 2020 Project Board will consider public feedback in selecting the successful design.

The plan of management allows for the installation of commemorative and interpretive features within the park under the following sections:

  • Looking after our culture and heritage – Improvements to the way heritage values are presented and interpreted are needed, including improving accessibility. This work will be carried out consistent with the national significance of the park and the objective of building community understanding and awareness.
  • Scheme of operations – Action 6c: Interpret and promote the layers of history, cultural and natural values in the park through a range of mechanisms, including landscaping, new buildings or adaptive re-use of existing buildings, signage, use of innovative and emerging technologies, events and artistic or commemorative features (such as sculptures and installations). 
The commemorative installation will be completed prior to 29 April 2020. The major works detailed in the Master Plan will commence after 29 April 2020. 

Kamay Botany Bay National Park is listed on the NSW Heritage Register and National Heritage List. As such, each proposal must be assessed under the relevant heritage legislation.

Construction within a national park requires authorisation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act or Regulation, as well as an environmental impact assessment, before it can commence. Further information on these assessments is available on the Development guidelines webpage.

Existing amenities within the park will not be affected by the planned works until late 2020. The major infrastructure works that will commence following 29 April 2020 will include new visitor amenities and jetty in conjunction with Roads and Maritime Services. 
Site works will be managed to mitigate any adverse effects to the visitor experience prior to 29 April 2020. Following 29 April 2020 major site works will commence including a new visitor building to replace the existing Visitor Centre at Kurnell. 
Henry Head walking track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park