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Aboriginal heritage in danger: Kaurna creek claim.

August 24, 2015

Any move to build a dam in Brown Hill Creek as part of a five-Council area flood mitigation program is being challenged by the Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association. .

In a letter to the project director of the BHKC Stormwater Project,Association chairperson Jeffrey Newchurch states that it is calling for an ethnographic and archaeological survey to be carried out to identify, assess, manage and  interpret any cultural heritage items, objects and places in Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park and Ellison’s Gully, which he states is Warraparinga, Kaurna Country.

“The association supports the project preferred No Dam option D, as it provides the required flood protection while restoring Brownhill Creek/ Willawilla.

“We urge the Government to also support the preferred option for Upper Brownhill Creek and not build any dam in Brown Hill Creek recreation Park or Ellison’s Gully, significant sites to the Kaurna people. It is the association’s position that the Government should not jeopardise , but safeguard the future of Brown Hill Creek and our traditional country”.

The letter states that the  Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park is now part of  “Yurrebilla” of the Greater Mt Lofty Parklands NRM Region. And that, for the Kaurna Nation, the site is the gateway to Tjribulky/Tjribulkie  Warraparinga Windy Place of the Sturt River and Reserve.



7 Comments leave one →
  1. Don permalink
    August 25, 2015 3:28 pm

    I betchya that a survey of the area will highlight something of significance that may thwart any attempt to build a dam.
    A dam up there is the best solution and Unley must progress that.


  2. Charlotte permalink
    August 25, 2015 5:23 pm

    agree. a dam must be built up in Mitcham.
    I understand that this is the majority’s preferred position.
    It just makes sense.


  3. Trevor permalink
    August 25, 2015 7:35 pm

    Another red herring. Ellison’s Gully is a recommended site as an alternative to a dam in the Recreation Park and a reasonable compromise.
    Is there no Kaurna/aboriginal heritage in Brownhill Creek as it meanders to the sea where all the Option D work will occur? Is all Brownhill Creek cultural heritage restricted to upstream of the caravan park?
    A dam in the hills is the best and most sensible solution to ensure reliable flood mitigation.
    Unley (and Mitcham) creek dwellers should not have their direct living spaces spoilt to the maximum by Option D, but participate in an overdue minimum clean up in conjunction with a dam in the hills. Unley Council must ensure that a dam is included in any plan as recommended by many previous engineer’s reports.


  4. Fung-Hui Wong permalink
    August 26, 2015 3:58 pm

    yes a dam in mitcham is best option for all council.
    i want to see this happen.


  5. Mike permalink
    August 26, 2015 5:45 pm

    A huge concrete dam in the upper reaches of Brownhill Creek is a preposterous idea. A far cheaper, simpler, environmentally better solution to a dam is to clean out the blockages from the creek to let the water flow.
    If people have bought a property with a creek in their yard it is their responsibility to keep it clear and not rely on Councils to build expensive infrastructure to solver their problem.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      August 26, 2015 5:59 pm

      Who is talking about a huge concrete dam? Nobody that I have spoken to. Until now.


  6. Mike permalink
    August 27, 2015 1:06 am

    Mike, I would consider that the Brownhill Creek dam with a proposed holding capacity of 110 megalitres and 12 metres height to spillway (plus 3 to 4 metres of wall height on top of that) spanning at least 100 metres from side to side is a pretty huge dam.

    I would also think the Ellison’s Gully dam with a proposed holding capacity of 355 megalitres and a wall height of 19.5 metres is an even bigger dam.

    These dams aren’t small earth farm dams. They are earthquake proof concrete walled dams with a hole in the bottom to let water flow through. They will be securely fenced from the public to make them even more unfriendly.

    Haven’t Unley Councillor’s been briefed about the size and structure of the dams?


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