After-fire Warrumbungle National Park: Cultural heritage
The January 2013 bushfires in Warrumbungle National Park affected more than just plants and animals – it had notable consequences for Aboriginal culture. NSW National Parks is surveying this situation, devising steps to repair the damage, and looking for ways to involve the local Aboriginal community in all aspects of park recovery.
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One example of this cultural heritage conservation project involves Tara Cave walk, which is the main point for visitors to experience Aboriginal culture in Warrumbungle National Park. Damaged by the bushfires, Tara Cave walk is now being overhauled with new infrastructure and signage, as well as replacement bush tucker plants along the route.
This overhaul is being conducted in partnership with the Coonabarabran and Gulargambone Aboriginal communities – a partnership that will hopefully produce new leads for improving management of the park and Aboriginal cultural sites.
Cooperative partnerships like this inform revisions to park management and bushfire strategy and encourage Aboriginal employment, training and experience for the local Aboriginal community in the park.