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Witjira National Park

Category: Place
Date: 1 January 1985
Sub Category:National Park
Place:Simpson Desert
State/Country:South Australia, Australia
Summary Information:
Witjira National Park, established in 1985 on land comprising the former Mount Dare pastoral lease, covers 7,770 square kilometres of gibber, sand dunes, stony tablelands and floodplain country on the western edge of the Simpson Desert in the far north of South Australia. It is truly spectacular country with vast landscapes including many areas of considerable archaeological, biological and geological interest.

The Park is part of the lands associated with the Lower Southern Arrernte, Wangkangurru, Arabunna and Luritja people who in 1989 formed the Irrwanyere Aboriginal Corporation which manages the Park jointly with the Department for Environment and Heritage. The joint management agreement provides the advantages of a shared approach to the land which accommodates traditional Aboriginal uses together with environmental management and tourism and recreational activities.

Related Entries

  • Witjira Joint Management Arrangement
  • Witjira National Park Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Eringa, Eringa No 2, Wangkangurru/Yarluyandi and Irrwanyere Mt Dare Native Title Claim Groups v The State of South Australia [2008] FCA 1370
  • Organisation
  • Irrwanyere Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
  • Department for Environment and Heritage (SA)
  • Legislation
  • National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (SA)

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