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.
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.
Recognising the threat dust poses to the Australian landscape, DustWatch is a community program to monitor the extent and severity of wind erosion across the country. It is led by scientists from the Office of Environment and Heritage with support from local observers from government agencies and the community.
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.
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 wild dog pest control, we aim to minimise the impact that they have on livestock and domestic pets, while 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.
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.
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.
Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.
- in the Outback NSW region
Mutawintji National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
- Broken Hill office
08 8080 3200
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. Closed 1pm to 2pm.
- 183 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Broken Hill office
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.