by Aron Mazel & George Nash
21 September 2022
Koeneman currently manages a program that develops planning tools, strategies, and pathways that facilitate the rezoning, subdivision, and infrastructure upgrades to Aboriginal communities across New South Wales and enables them to leverage greater economic, community, and cultural use of Aboriginal land. This program is working toward the realization of better economic and social connections between community and neighboring areas, reducing health hazards associated with poor road and infrastructure conditions, improving access to education and employment, and fostering an environment whereby Aboriginal communities can leverage better outcomes to create safer and more vibrant living places.
A keen advocate for Aboriginal people to have a voice in the development of a more inclusive and just society, she serves on a number of heritage advisory councils and committees that are working toward a greater understanding of the contributions Aboriginal people have made and continue to make to the history and heritage of New South Wales.
Koeneman’s work in Aboriginal heritage involves regulation, protection, conservation, and management and has resulted in the State Heritage Listing of Aboriginal places of cultural significance across New South Wales. Importantly, her work has included the investigation of rock art sites and consultation and engagement with the Traditional Owners. She is passionate about the development of a better cultural understanding and management approach of this unique resource that incorporates the knowledge, cultural authority, and stewardship of the Traditional Owners to further their cultural, social, and economic aspirations as landowners and managers.