It has been a long time coming but Baiame Cave's Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is expected to be delivered to the State Government by the end of this month.
The completion of the plan will be welcomed by all those involved in its establishment including Laurie Perry, CEO, Wonnarua Aboriginal Corporation the company that received $70,000(ex GST) in funding for the plan from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in June 2016.
A finalised draft plan was delivered to the Department of Premier and Cabinet by consultants GML Heritage in August 2018 and that is where it has sat until September this year. GML Heritage are now working on the plan that will be sent to government.
Baiame Cave is located at Milbrodale on land owned by the Smith family who have protected the site for many years while also allowing visitors to view the magnificent rock art that overlooks the valley.
The cave has dual heritage listing being registered as an Aboriginal Place and also being listed as a State significant heritage item since 2016.
Unfortunately earlier vandals damaged the cave earlier this year which upset local Aboriginal elders and the Smith family.
Mr Perry said once the CMP has been adopted work can begin on raising funding to provide proper protection for the site and improvements to the cave's access and other amenities.
Mentioned in the draft plan is concerns with inappropriate nearby development as well as the wear and tear on access routes to the cave.