“I think there’s a general optimistic feeling about the future.”
The 10-year-plan aims to preserve Anangu culture, create job opportunities and revenue for local Indigenous people and revive cultural land management practices.
It has been developed by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management, the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation, the Central Land Council, Commonwealth agencies and tourism industry leaders.
The authors said the Anangu and the Piranpa (non-Aboriginal people) could only achieve their shared goals by “walking together, side by side, as equals on the same pathway”.
“Anangu and Piranpa are committed to working and making decisions together to jointly conserve and protect the values of the park, using a combination of Tjukurpa (Anangu traditional law) and Piranpa knowledge, skills and obligations,” they said.
“We will also work together to build livelihoods and other benefits for Anangu, to help deliver a strong and healthy future for our community, especially for our younger generations.”
Comment on the draft report will be taken over the next 60 days.
– With AAP