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Mungo National Park joint management program

Protecting and preserving the Aboriginal culture and heritage of Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, is a joint effort. NPWS collaborates with representative elders from three local Aboriginal tribes to help manage this special and ancient place.

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Known for its dry lakes and breathtaking dunes, the extraordinary Mungo National Park is visually spectacular. But of course, there’s much more to this ancient place. Contained within the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, its Aboriginal culture stretches back some 40,000 years.

Traditional Owner involvement in the park’s management was formalised in 2001, when consultation with local Aboriginal communities identified 3 tribal groups with traditional associations with the region: The Barkindji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngyiampaa tribes. 

The 3 groups agreed that management decisions were the business of all three tribal groups and established the Traditional Tribal Groups Elders Council as a body to coordinate Aboriginal involvement with the park.

The Elders agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NPWS to establish joint management of the park.

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Sand formation, Walls of China, Mungo National Park. Photo:OEH