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Mutawintji National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Mutawintji National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Understanding landscapes and geology

The physical landscape of Mutawintji National Park is as significant as its cultural one. Programs exist to ensure the majority of the park remains relatively untouched, with minimal development, and that any necessary new development is planned and executed with respect for the land and its conservation. Rehabilitative and revegetation works are carried out in this park, and facilities are regularly maintained.

Preserving biodiversity

Mutawintji National Park upholds its biodiversity by protecting vulnerable, threatened and endangered species. Conservation activities are carried out, and include surveying and collecting data on species distribution and population, targeting pest impacts and frequent monitoring.

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BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Mutawintji National Park. NPWS carries out risk assesments for new and emerging weeds as well as pest reduction of foxes to protect biodiversity in this park.

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Wild dog control program

Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out such pest control, we aim to minimise the wild dogs’ effects on livestock and wildlife, while still maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

The historic heritage of Mutawintji National Park is preserved through a variety of NPWS programs that embrace its notable past. Heritage revitalisation and conservation management plans are ongoing in this park. Maintenance is carried out in tandem with ongoing attention to visitor safety and risk management.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

NPWS frequently reviews and maintains Mutawintji National Park’s destinations and facilities, and balances any improvements with the need to uphold sustainable visitation. Interpretive signage and displays are managed and upgraded, and public education about the park’s cultural significance and joint management arrangement is ongoing. NPWS evaluates its processes and systems in this park, implementing new ideas and technologies as appropriate.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Mutawintji National Park has been a meeting place for local cultures for millennia. It features numerous Aboriginal sites of spiritual, ceremonial or cultural significance, and ongoing projects are in place to document, monitor and conserve them. Programs to help visitors understand and respect the importance of the park and its assets are ongoing, and NPWS works closely with Aboriginal owners and associated Wiimpatja.

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Mutawintji National Park joint management program

Located in semi-arid lands near Broken Hill, Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji Historic Site and Mutawintji Nature Reserve are all rich in Aboriginal history and culture. NSW National Parks and the Mutawintji Board of Management are working together to ensure their preservation.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

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Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

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Rocky cliff over looking the plains, Mutawintji National Park. Photo: Adam Bruzzone