In 2012, GML Heritage prepared an Aboriginal Archaeological Due Diligence Assessment for the 200 George Street site in Sydney’s CBD for Mirvac. As part of the project, GML also consulted with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to gain insight into the area’s cultural significance.
The 200 George Street site lies across the original foreshore of Sydney Cove (Circular Quay). Analysis of where Aboriginal archaeological sites are generally discovered in the CBD suggested that there was potential for Aboriginal objects to be present. Given the complexity of the site’s urban location, and in order to minimise potential delays to the project’s construction program, Mirvac opted to follow a proactive path to manage the potential Aboriginal archaeology at the site. This approach greatly reduced the time and costs. GML subsequently assisted Mirvac in preparing an application for an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit to salvage Aboriginal archaeology, if discovered, during the course of redevelopment works.