Namadgi Rock Art Working Group

Preserving the rock art sites in Namadgi

The Namadgi Rock Art Working Group, a collaborative partnership between Namadgi National Park and the local Aboriginal community, was established in 2008 to facilitate the development of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for all the rock art sites in Namadgi. The group provides annual training in contemporary rock art assessment, maintenance and recording techniques, and introduced 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 include the ACT Registered Aboriginal Organisations (King Brown Tribal Group (Ngunnawal), Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation, Little Gudgenby River Tribal Council (Ngambri), Ngarigu Currawong Clan), United Ngunnawal Elders Council, TAMS Parks and Conservation Aboriginal staff and 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.

“These rock art sites are part of an ancient pathway through a landscape my ancestors managed for thousands of years, and I’m proud to be protecting their stories of Aboriginal people coming together for ceremony, marriage, trade and lore for our future generations. The Namadgi Rock Art Working Group reflects our traditional ways of meeting and exchanging knowledge, and maintaining the spiritual, social and environmental connectivity between Traditional Caretakers.” Adrian Brown - (Ngunnawal descendent) Ngunnawal Country Ranger, ACT Parks and Conservation Service.

“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 Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, ACT Parks and Conservation Service.