- New $1.3 million Ngajarli Trail now open
- First recreation site developed within Murujuga National Park
- Local businesses crucial to construction of the project
Visitors to Murujuga National Park now have improved access to viewing culturally significant rock art with a new walking trail and signage.
The Ngajarli Trail will showcase a site, which is the easiest area in the national park to view an array of rock art, with some estimated to be more than 45,000 years old.
Interpretive signage has also been added to educate visitors of the cultural importance of the area to traditional owners.
The modern infrastructure, the first recreational development in the national park, will also prove useful for Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC), allowing it to commence tours of the site.
The project was managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, with guidance and advice from the Murujuga Park Council and Circle of Elders.
The 700 metre trail is also designed for universal access, ensuring this facility can be enjoyed by all members of the community.
Yurra Pty Ltd, which is associated with the Yindjibarndi traditional owners and one of MAC’s member groups, was the contractor for a majority of the earthworks, concreting and landscaping.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
“The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring local jobs are created in both the construction of this project as well as promoting tourism in the region.
“This new trail and signage will help visitors understand how important this rock art is to Aboriginal people, as well as shedding light on some of our nation’s rich cultural heritage.
“With the World Heritage nomination progressing, plans for a Living Knowledge Centre and improved road access to the national park as part of the WA Recovery Plan, there is a lot happening in this unique part of the State.
“The work achieved in this area is a testament to what can be done through collaboration with traditional owners.”
Comments attributed to MAC Chief Executive Officer Peter Jeffries:
“The new precinct will allow us to continue sharing some of our rock art with the increasing number of visitors to our land.
“We have an incredibly rich and ancient heritage to share at Murujuga. We encourage people to come and see the art here, hear our stories and learn about our culture.
“This new precinct showcases some of Murujuga’s distinct art, as well as our unique landscape, flora and fauna.
“Ngajarli provides an opportunity to share all of this with increasing numbers of visitors to our country, while ensuring that we are able to protect and preserve this important place for generations to come.”
Joint media statement. Source: Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (New boardwalk for popular Murujuga rock art site)