Murujuga National Park

The Murujuga National Park National Heritage Area

As a result of the Burrup Maitland Industrial Estate Agreement (BMIEA), Murujuga was declared a National Park on the 17th of January 2013, becoming the 100th National Park in Western Australia. The freehold title, 4913ha underlying the Park is vested in Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation. The Park Covers the Northern Burrup Peninsula, a unique environment covered by the densest concentration of rock art in the world.

The Park is jointly managed between the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC), the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW), and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA). The Rangers of Murujuga Land and Sea Unit (MLSU) conduct the practical management of the Park and the surrounding sea country and islands along with Department of Parks and Wildlife staff. The Park is managed according to the Murujuga National Park Management Plan 78, 2013, which is also administered by the Murujuga Parks Council (MPC). The MPC comprises of three DPaW representatives, one Aboriginal Heritage Minister representative and six MAC Traditional Owner representatives. The recently completed Murujuga Cultural Management Plan (MCMP) 2015, developed by the Circle of Elders provides a cultural management planning process for ensuring cultural safety on country.

In the future, visitors to the Park will be able to enjoy the park through the Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre, a multi- purpose centre that will serve as a base for the Rangers and cultural tourism activities, provide cafes facilities and displays that help visitors interpret the history of the rock art, which dates back thousands of years to a time when Murujuga was not a coastal peninsula, but rather a set of hills on the plain more than 100km inland.

The rock art charts the change in the environment as the sea levels rose dramatically after the ice age, they are the story of human adaption, as aboriginal people lived through amazing changes in their environment through deep time.

The area of Murujuga National Park sits within the broader National Heritage Listed Area, which takes in the surrounding islands of the Dampier Archipelago and the sea country.

The National Park contains many sites with very important cultural values. Access to some of the sites is restricted under the Aboriginal lore and custom. Many of the sites are also protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 which sets penalties for disturbing or interfering with the sites. For these reasons, access too many places is subject to cultural protocols. The Rangers work according to a methodology that embraces cultural safety. This involves welcoming visitors to the country and providing advice and guidance about how to enjoy Murujuga without interfering with the cultural values of the place.

Additional information about the National Park can also be found through the Department of Parks and Wildlife website.
http/.www.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Other references promoting a heritage listing. (SM) Find Maps 1&2
http://www.robinchapple.com/world-heritage-dampier-archipelago

 

The Murujuga Parks Council (MPC) Third Quarter 2015

Murujuga Parks Council

The MPC conjointly ensures the strategic planning and implementation of the Murujuga National Park Management Plan 78 (2013) is carried out.

MPC is the body responsible under the CALM Act 1984 for preparing management plans for National Park through the agency DEC. The State Government provides funding through DEC for the operations of the national park in accordance with the management agreement. They meet once every second month.

 

Murujuga National Park

Burrup Peninsula locality, tenure and land use

Map 1: Burrup Peninsula locality, tenure and land use

Dampier Archipelago National Heritage Place

Map 2: Dampier Archipelago National Heritage Place