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Celebrating 30 Years of Nitmiluk Handback

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Today marks 30 years since the Jawoyn Traditional Owners regained ownership of Nitmiluk National Park and the start of an historic joint management agreement between the Jawoyn people and the Northern Territory Government.

The Park attracts more than 260,000 people each year and the Territory Labor Government is investing $15.5m into more attractions, facilities and infrastructure, to create jobs and support the local economy.

The 99-year Nitmiluk Agreement was entered into at a time when such arrangements were uncommon, and thanks to the combined efforts of and consultation between Traditional Owners (TOs) and the Territory Government, Nitmiluk National Park has flourished.

Nitmiluk National Park is also a source of employment and training for the Jawoyn people and provides business opportunities for tourism operators and the TOs.

The Jawoyn people have lived on the land for thousands of years and successful joint management has resulted in more recreation experiences and attractions opened up to visitors.

The Nitmiluk Festival runs until 15 September and offers visitors and locals the opportunity to learn more about the Park’s history, the Jawoyn people, and the 30-year collaborative partnership.

For more information visit https://www.nitmilukfestival.com.au/

Image: Mary Evans Picture Library via Ardea Picture Library