News

Back to their lands

Aboriginal Elders L-R Warren Clark and Roy Kennedy visiting Byron Bay. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Aboriginal Elders L-R Warren Clark and Roy Kennedy visiting Byron Bay. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

WHEN Warren B Clark started work as a field officer on his country at Mungo 18 years ago, only two officers were Aboriginal.

Today all 20 staff who look after the 138,000ha Mungo National Park are Aboriginal, working in partnership with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services to take care of their traditional lands that hold the remains of Mungo Man and Mungo Woman, believed to be the world's oldest known human cremations.

The joint management of the National Park "has brought pride and self-esteem to our people; it gives them a future," Mr Clark said. He is the joint management executive officer of Mungo National Park.

"The hardest thing about it is the loss of the elders who fought so hard to see this happen and are no longer here to see it," he said.

Mr Clark was among a delegation of traditional custodians at Cape Byron yesterday for the 2013 meeting of the 25 joint management custodians working with NPWS to manage parks across NSW.

The custodians are landowners leasing their land back or recognised through an indigenous land use agreement (ILUA) or a memorandum of understanding.

This year is the first time the meeting has been hosted by the Bundjalung people of Byron Bay (Arakwal), who successfully created an ILUA in 2000 and, with the inclusion of the Arakwal National Park, now manage 400ha at Byron.

"Every national park should have an Aboriginal custodian involved," chair of the Arakwal National Park committee, Yvonne Stewart, said.

"And the custodians should be involved in a real way; not on a tokenistic level."

Today, 66% of staff managing Arakwal land are Aboriginal, she said.

Hosting the 25 custodians from around NSW was a chance to meet with elders and share knowledge, experience and support.

"It's great to share what we've achieved here. We have been a tool others can use. It's not always easy working with governments."

Topics:  arakwal npws



Greyhound reform recommendations to be adopted

Race 8, winner was No 3, Nangar Thunder at the Grafton Greyhound track on Saturday, 21st January, 2017.

All but one of the 122 recommendations of the panel to be adopted

Five artists we want to see at Splendour 2017

Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Is it too much to ask? What do you think?

Local Partners

Five artists we want to see at Splendour 2017

It's a good thing that three out of five music acts in our wish list are Australian, so maybe we are not asking for too much?

Splendour tickets on sale this weekend for locals

Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Are you in the area allowed to purchase them?

The Lyrical, beyond the 'F' word

Roots, Hip-Hop and Reggae artist Karl Smith, also known as The Lyrical.

Hiphop artist brings his latest music to the area

Paul Capsis to reopen Brunswick Picture House

Cabaret performer Paul Capsis will perform at Lismore City Hall on December 29.

Cabaret star brings back his latest solo show

Married at First Sight's controversial groom laying low

MAFS’ Anthony chooses to stay with wife Nadia at their vow renewal.

Anthony in hiding after backlash over his MAFS appearance

Seven, Nine’s crazy cyclone battle

Ruth Western ain't got time for Cyclone Debbie.

Reporters are battling fierce winds, and locals who won’t play ball.

MAFS bride shops around new love story

Nadia Stamp has put a price tag on her new man.

Nadia is shopping her $4000 new man ... and it’s not Anthony.

Luxury hotel expands $400m water park development

Developer to push on with second stage of massive new water park

Dalwood waterfall up for sale

Two people have died at Dalwood Falls, Ballina.

How would you like to own your very own waterfall?

Northern Rivers homes are hot property

SCENIC: Byron Bay was one of the suburbs that recorded a median house sale price in excess of $1 million.

Low stock levels and high demand keeps market buoyant.

Plenty of properties to thumb through in tomorrow's paper

Find your dream home in our property guide in tomorrow's Weekend Star.

Grab a cuppa, get the Weekend Star and check out the property pages

Five Northern Rivers homes under $250k

These Northern Rivers properties are under $250,000.

To quell the depressing news of Byron Bay's 'average' $1m homes

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!