The Nullarbor is the traditional home of the Mirning Aboriginal people who have strong cultural links with Ngalea, Kokotha, Wirangu, Pitjantjatjara, Nyananyatjara and Yankunytjatjara speaking people. The Mirning people were formally granted Native Title over the Nullarbor National Park in 2014, under the auspice of Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation. The Nullarbor National Park is now managed by a Co-Management Advisory Board of Mirning community members and DEWNR staff.
Words from the Nullarbor Parks Advisory Committee
We are made up of Mirning people, as well as government and community representatives. We look after the Nullarbor and its coastline.
Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.
There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations. At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.
In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia.