Carnarvon Range Feedback

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:25
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The ExplorOz office was contact by Central Desert Native Title Services on 22nd July 2010 with a request to publish that the Canarvon Ranges are closed to travellers - strictly NO ACCESS. We were provided with a release dated 30/6/10 to clarify, which reads as follows:

The Birriliburu Native Title Determination covers part of the Canning Stock
Route (“CSR”) including Wells 5-15.
While the historical activity on the CSR has varied over the years, the steady
increase in tourist traffic has become a significant issue for the Birriliburu
Native Title Holders. In recent times there has been much discussion
between the Birriliburu Native Title Holders and other land holding groups
along the length of the CSR about the proper management of tourism. To
date these discussions have been dominated by the issue of access to
country adjacent to the CSR.
The Birriliburu Native Title Holders recognize that there is a great degree of
interest from travellers wanting to learn more about the country and the
people who ‘hold’ the country traversed by the CSR. The Birriliburu Native
Title Holders understand that many of the requests to visit places like the
Canarvon Ranges are made by travellers who are genuinely interested in the
history, traditions and stories of the Martu people.
At present the Birriliburu Native Title Holders manage the access to the
Birriliburu Native Title Determination Area through their newly incorporated
organisation ‘Mungarlu Ngurrarankatja Rirraunkatja’ (“MNR”). MNR are in the
process of developing a detailed land access permit system and management
strategy for the Birriliburu Native Title Determined Area. Until such time as
the permit system is developed, the Birriliburu Native Title Holders request
that travellers please observe the conditions of the CSR transit permit and do
not travel off the CSR while in the Birriliburu Native Title Determined Area
(including the Canarvon Ranges)
Please be aware that Central Desert Native Title Services does not issue
general access permits for the CSR and all enquiries should go to through the
Australian National Four Wheel Drive Club; www.anfwdc.asn.au.
For information specific to the Birriliburu Native Title Determined Area please
see the website: www.centraldesert.org.au
or call Rob Thomas, Regional Manager West, Central Desert Native Title
Services (08) 9425 2000
David (DM) & Michelle (MM)
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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 at 17:11

Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 at 17:11
I wonder what brought this about
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 at 19:06

Thursday, Jul 29, 2010 at 19:06
I've no idea, other than that there were at least 20 parties (incl multiple vehicles from a Curtin Uni surveying exercise) out there three weeks ago.

As far as I could tell, everyone was behaving responsibly, there was absolutely no litter, and the artworks that we found were untouched, including the spectacular pieces at Serpent's Glen.

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The pressure had increased, we think, in part because a number of vehicles were coming in and out from Well 5 in lieu of the banned Calvert option further up the CSR.

It will be interesting to see how they will alert travellers coming in from the Grt Northern Hwy which has multiple access points thru station country. Not everyone who gets out there is on ExOz.

If I'd benignly travelled in 100 kays or so to the 'boundary' and be signed to turn back, I might be feeling a bit peeved to say the least.

Cheers.
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