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Mount Grenfell Historic Site: return to Aboriginal ownership

Mount Grenfell Historic Site is an Aboriginal rock art site, about 50 kilometres from Cobar, in the arid lands in Central West NSW. It is an important place for its Aboriginal owners, the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan people.

On 17 July 2004, the site was handed back to the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan people. It is leased back to the NPWS under a rental agreement.

The site is jointly managed by the Aboriginal community and the NPWS, through a board of management. The board has a majority of Aboriginal owners, along with community and NPWS representation.

The Mount Grenfell Historic Site Board of Management was appointed in May 2005. The Board of Management is responsible for the care, control and management of the park, and is chaired by Phil Sullivan.

The board works co-operatively with the NPWS to determine management directions for the site. Visitor facilities and infrastructure will be developed, providing the Aboriginal owners with cultural, financial and social benefits.

Through negotiations, the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan owners and the NPWS agreed to create two new positions to manage the park - a Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan ranger and a Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan field officer.

Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan guides will provide tours and educational activities for visitors to the site, and the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan owners are holding discussions with TAFE about the development of a tour guide training program.

The Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan owners and the NPWS have also agreed on a three-year infrastructure and maintenance program for the historic site. This will help to lay a foundation for co-operative management of the historic site into the future.

A majority of the members of the board of management must be chosen from the Register of Aboriginal Owners.  This register is established and kept by the Registrar, Aboriginal Land Rights Act pursuant to Part 9 of the ALR Act.

Office of the Registrar, Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

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Page last updated: 27 February 2011