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 peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, 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.
There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations. At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.
In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia.