The Ngaut Ngaut Co-management Board is proud to be able to manage the Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park. The co-management model provides the framework for MACAI (Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Incorporated) and DEWNR to share responsibility for the park.
Unlike most other co-managed parks in South Australia, co-management of Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park has occurred independently of the native title settlement process. The Nganguraku and Ngaiwang people have an ancient and strong connection and involvement with the land and waters of this area and this continues to this day.
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We are actively involved in protecting and managing the natural and cultural values of the park. Experienced guides from the MACAI take tourists and school groups on tours to promote cross-cultural understanding. Visitors learn about Nganguraku and Ngaiwang people and traditions, Dreamings and oral histories, rock art and archaeological excavations, and the park’s flora and fauna.
The park protects extensive rock engravings and significant sites that continue to be important to our people today, evidence that Nganguraku and Ngaiwang people have been part of this country for eons.
The Board’s vision for the park is to protect environmental and cultural sites and objects of value to Aboriginal people and their culture while playing a role, through tourism and school visits, in raising awareness of Aboriginal culture and heritage and the environment in the wider community.
Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.
Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.