Joint management | Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park


Anangu have always been taught how to care for country by their parents and grandparents.

Today Anangu jointly manage the park with the Australian Government through Parks Australia staff.

Joint management allows Anangu to continue to meet traditional land management obligations and to keep their culture strong.

Aboriginal Traditional Owner:
They made all these beautiful designs long ago, up until recently.

When I was a child they were painted here and the beautiful paintings are left here.

This was before it was a National Park and rangers didn't work here.

With the handback of our land in 1985 we traditional owners could look after our place again for the future generations of Anangu children.

Some of these paintings are gone because tourists have damaged them. The first tourist vehicle tracks came right by here and tourists would walk around unsupervised by rangers in the past. This was when many paintings were spoiled.

After they gave us our land back we got ranger uniforms and we worked together with parks people to look after our land properly.

We work together. As our children and descendants grow up they are learning at Secondary College about this type of work, and in the future when they are grown up they will be here, be in this rock shelter.

Within maybe ten years or another twenty years they will be looking after the place. Okay