Moon Rock, a significant Aboriginal cultural site on Sydney's northern beaches, has been declared an Aboriginal Place.
The declaration legally recognises and protects the site's cultural values but does not change the status of the land or affect ownership rights. It is an offence for a person to harm or desecrate an Aboriginal Place.
The site was nominated by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to help protect it as a place where Aboriginal people have gathered for generations.
Aboriginal people traditionally gathered at Moon Rock to meet, learn and heal. The site still holds significant Aboriginal cultural values and has a direct connection to country for the local Aboriginal community.
Moon Rock is well known for about 50 engravings, which depict different phases of the moon, tools and weapons used and animals caught and eaten in the area.
NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said the engravings at Moon Rock are rare and date back thousands of years.
“It’s important that we protect this historic site so that future generations learn about it and appreciate its cultural significance,” Mrs Williams said.