Kinchega National Park joint management program
NPWS is working with the Menindee Aboriginal Elders Council to protect the age-old Aboriginal heritage of this region through the Kinchega National Park Memorandum of Understanding and Joint Management Program.
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Located east of Broken Hill in the far west of NSW, and home to the incredible Menindee Lakes, Kinchega National Park is as notable for its Aboriginal culture and heritage as for its natural beauty.
Aboriginal people have lived in the area for an estimated 35,000 years. And with occupation and burial sites dating back over 13,000 years, the park is critically important to local Aboriginal communities.
Recognising this, a memorandum of understanding was established between NPWS and the Menindee Aboriginal Elders Council in 2002, formally facilitating cooperative park management. This agreement outlines procedures for how elders can have real and meaningful involvement in management of the park.
As part of the Kinchega National Park joint management program, NPWS consults with and assists Menindee Aboriginal Elders Council in the protection, management and interpretation of Aboriginal cultural sites within Kinchega National Park and the Menindee area. This consultation also extends to the park’s annual works program, tour operator licensing, research and park employment.