Social Sustainability

The Social Sustainability Policy (the Policy) describes the Rottnest Island Authority’s (RIA) approach to maintaining a positive social environment within the Rottnest Island Reserve.

The Policy supports the RIA’s overarching Sustainability Policy and is consistent with the strategic direction of Rottnest Island.

The Island’s harmonious social environment is one of its main attractions to visitors and therefore, needs to be preserved and actively supported. The social environment contributes to the Island’s economic viability.

View the Social Sustainability Policy

The Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project

The Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project is a joint project that recently commenced between the Rottnest Island Authority and IES enviro-scapes. The RIA recognises the cultural significance and sad history that Wadjemup holds for Aboriginal people and therefore its position of responsibility to ensure the Island is both appropriately managed and contributes towards economic and cultural opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Culturally significant sites on Wadjemup
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs currently has 17 registered sites, which are culturally significant to Aboriginal peoples on Wadjemup. These sites are protected under provisions of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.

Culturally significant sites are spread across the entire Island and include Dreaming sites, archaeological sites, and the burial ground.

The IES Team
After a competitive tender process an Aboriginal company was awarded the contract to complete stage one of the burial ground project. The project is particular significant to IES Enviro-scapes, with bloodline connection to country, they understand the sensitivities of the project as a major step towards reconciliation for the Island.

Stage 1 of the Burial Ground Project includes:

  • The construction of an 880m long pathway around the Burial Ground.
  • A series of three stabilised rammed earth ‘entry’ walls installed at entry points to the site to direct access surrounding the burial ground itself. (These walls will have recesses ready for interpretation panels).
  • Installation of bike racks at entry points to the path ways.
  • Planting of vegetation to stabilise embankments.

For full details on the project, download the IES Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project brochure.