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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Traditional owners to manage outback national park

Date posted: 7 October 2011

An agreement has been reached to give Flinders Ranges traditional owners a greater role in running the area's national park in outback South Australia. The Adyamathdanha people will have a greater management role, including being able to limit access for tourists to some sacred areas and unlimited hunting rights.

South Australian Environment Minister Paul Caica concedes some areas could face restrictions, but thinks it could also bring more tourists to the northern region. 'What it does offer in the contrary to that really is a great opportunity for what is a broadening respect for non-Indigenous Australians to learn more about the first Australians, their cultural heritage and actually that should in turn attract more people to parks for that experience,' he said.

A management plan will now be developed for the 900 square kilometres involved.


Last updated: 11 October 2011
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