Mamungari Conservation Park is managed in partnership with the Maralinga Tjarutja Peoples (the traditional owners) and DEWNR.
Words from the Mamungari Co-Management Board
We are made up of people from Maralinga Tjarutja in South Australia and Pila Nguru in Western Australia, as well as representatives of the government. We are proud that Maralinga Tjarutja owns the land. Anangu association with this land stretches back for thousands of generations. Our rights as traditional owners have taken decades to be recognised - co-management is an important part of this recognition and a step towards reconciliation.
We all work together to look after our land - we have a cultural responsibility to look after visitors to our special country, and need to make sure they respect our sacred sites. We will continue to look after visitors and the country - keeping weeds, like Buffel Grass, away and looking after our important cultural sites.
Also, we will use the park to teach Anangu children how to look after the country and to ensure our connection to this place, our stories, continue to be told into the future.
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.