The Nullarbor is the traditional home of the Mirning Aboriginal people who have strong cultural links with Ngalea, Kokotha, Wirangu, Pitjantjatjara, Nyananyatjara and Yankunytjatjara speaking people. The Mirning people were formally granted Native Title over the Nullarbor National Park in 2014, under the auspice of Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation. The Nullarbor National Park is now managed by a Co-Management Advisory Board of Mirning community members and DEWNR staff.
Words from the Nullarbor Parks Advisory Committee
We are made up of Mirning people, as well as government and community representatives. We look after the Nullarbor and its coastline.
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.