Rock Art Monitoring Program

Murrumbing Ranger conducting rock art site monitoring at Yankee Hat in Namadgi National Park Preserving ancient rock art sites in the ACT

The Namadgi Rock Art Monitoring Program involves the management of rock art sites in Namadgi National Park. This program is a collaborative partnership between Healthy Country, Namadgi National Park and the local Aboriginal community, established in 2008 to facilitate the development of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for all the rock art sites.

Healthy Country provides annual training in rock art assessment, maintenance and recording techniques and ensures an Aboriginal perspective to the conservation of the sites.

The Namadgi Rock Art Working Group meets biannually to advise management on the implementation and further development of the CMP. The group also assists with the annual monitoring and maintenance work at the sites.

Representatives on the Namadgi Rock Art Working Group includes the ACT Registered Aboriginal Organisations:

  • King Brown Tribal Group (Ngunnawal)
  • Buru Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation
  • Mirabei (Ngambri)
  • Ngarigu Currawong Clan
  • United Ngunnawal Elders Council
  • Parks and Conservation Service Aboriginal employees
  • Namadgi National Park staff

The Namadgi Rock Art Working Group won the 2011 ACT Leighton Indigenous Landcare Award and was one of 88 finalists in the 2012 National Landcare Awards.

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“The ongoing success of this project can be attributed to the foundation of a simple idea built on an approach of genuine cooperation and partnership. This is a project that as a Park Service we are incredibly proud of and celebrate – it is indeed best practice cultural heritage management."

Brett McNamara – Manager, Namadgi National Park, ACT Parks and Conservation Service.