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Department of Environment, Water and Natural

Resources

Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park

Co-management Board

Annual Report

2014–15

www.environment.sa.gov.au

Annual Report of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park Co-management Board 2014-15

September 2015

Copies of this report can be obtained from:

Denise McCourt

PO BOX 78

PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700

Telephone +61 8 8648 5348

Email denise.mccourt@sa.gov.au

Presented to Parliament by Hon Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation, pursuant to section 43L of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972

For further information please contact:

Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) Phone Information Line (08) 8204 1910, or see SA White Pages for your local DEWNR office.

ABN 36 702 093 234 Online information available at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au Restrictive Licence © State of South Australia. You may copy, distribute, display, download and otherwise freely deal with this publication for any purpose subject to the condition that you (1) attribute the Board as the copyright owner of this publication and that (2) you obtain the prior written consent of the Board if you wish to modify the work or offer the publication for sale or otherwise use it or any part of it for a commercial purpose.

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© Department for Environment Water and Natural Resources ISSN 1834-0288 Vulkathunha-Gammon- Ranges National Park Co-management Board | Annual Report 2014–2015 Table of contents Table of contents

A working partnership

Governance

Providing richer visitor experiences

Protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage

Native species protected and habitat improved through pest management

‘Big picture’ results through partnerships

Fire Management Plan – Vulkathunha Gammon Ranges National Park

Ecological monitoring supported

Local species revegetation project

Improved research management

Working with neighbours and the Adnyamathanha Community

Employing Adnyamathanha people

Supporting the local community

Managing the Park for success

Promoting Co-management

Members

Meetings

The Co-management Board

Regulations

Reconciliation Statement

Human Resource Matters

Staffing

Disability Action Plans

Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993

Equal Opportunity Programs

Gender Reporting

Work Health and Safety

Use of Consultants

Public Complaints

Financial Performance

Finance

Account Payment Performance

Contractual Arrangements

Other Reporting Items

Acknowledgment

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Hon Ian Hunter MLC Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Parliament House North Terrace ADELAIDE SA 5000 Dear Minister In accordance with the requirements of Section 43L of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and the Public Sector Act 2009, I have pleasure in presenting the annual report of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park Co-management Board for the year ended 30 June 2015.

For further information on this matter please contact Denise McCourt on 86485 348 or denise.mccourt@sa.gov.au.

P J McKenzie Pauline McKenzie Chairperson Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park Co-management Board

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A working partnership First proclaimed in 1970, the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park forms part of the traditional country of the Adnyamathanha people, rich with cultural significance and evidence of their past occupation.

Adnyamathanha and the State Government share a vision for the Vulkathunha–Gammon Ranges National Park (V-GRNP). The Co-management model provides the framework for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Adnyamathanha people to share responsibility for the Park. In 2005, the V-GRNP Co-management Board was established following Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) and the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation entering into a formal Co-management Agreement over the Park.

The V-GRNP Co-management Board has a challenging agenda - managing the cultural landscape, still known and understood by its Aboriginal traditional owners, in a way that also protects and conserves the Park’s outstanding natural and cultural features. The Board seeks

to:

Conserve its natural and cultural heritage, using both traditional and scientific knowledge to better manage the land Respect the rights, interests and needs of the traditional owners and create social development and economic opportunities for Adnyamathanha families and communities Provide great experiences for visitors This report shows how the Board answered that challenge in 2014-15.

This is the tenth Annual Report of the Board and covers the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June





2015. It is prepared to fulfil requirements of section 43L of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, Regulation 16 of the National Parks and Wildlife (Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park) Regulations 2005 (the Regulations) and the Public Sector Act 2009.

Page 5 Vulkathunha-Gammon- Ranges National Park Co-management Board | Annual Report 2014–2015 Traditional stories connect to ancient landscapes The Adnyamathanha people understand the creation of significant places through traditional stories Yudlalypila (Spirit Pair) tells the story of depositing copper throughout the region, the copper being symbolised as rotting emu meat and gives motivation for place names in the area.

Two cousins (Valnaapa) killed an emu at Varavaranha (Parabana), place meaning “forks”. They cooked the emu in the ashes at Yaldyilinha, a spring on Wooltana. The two fellows carried the cooked emu along as far as Vipakanya (paper rock). From here they went to Vadaardlanha (Paralana Hot Springs). The two of them put a fire stick into the spring here, and made the water hot. The fire (ardla) was on a dead finish stick (Acacia tetragonophylla),(Vada) hence the name of the Spring.

Next they went to Nardlamathanha (Nudlamutana), where they looked at the meat and saw that it was going green, so they threw some away. They went towards Marnninha Vari (Lynch watercourse) where they threw away more meat at Marnninha Warru Niarri (Marnninha Flat Bank), the flat bank to the north of the creek.

They went on through to Mudaawi (Big Moro), then on to Little Moro (Moro Mine) where they left the rotting hindquarter of the emu, which is why this place is called Warratyi Ngurtuka (emu’s hindquarter). Close by here is a spring called Wattle Spring in English, however the spring is called Matyarrainha Awi (water becoming hard).

Next the Valnaapa went south to Yanggunha Vambata (Yangoona). One of them looked back from here over his left shoulder, which is why the hill and the spring at the bottom of it are called Yanggunha (left hand). When he looked back, he saw Wardnuwartanha (Nepouie Peak) meaning the one hill with the stony peak. Wardnuwartanha was drawn up and lifted right off the ground by a mirage. From here they went south to Wadna Yaldha (Mt Chambers). The crack in the middle of this hill was made by the blue wren (Yuduyudulya) which threw a boomerang through it, hence the name Wadna Yaldha (boomerang crack). They proceeded to Mt John Mudlhunha (kangaroo hipbone) and from there to Mt Roebuck Windhalpunha.

Continuing west the pair went through Wakarlaudnanha Inbiri (Waukawoodna Gap). From here the Valnaapa proceeded to Vindha Awi (Pinda Spring). Finally they went on to Yarnngarri Arraindanha Vambata (Mt Hack). They asked one another “where do we go from here”, then they said lets make a fire of porcupine grass. They then made a big fire and the sparks rose up into the sky. These sparks made the gold which was said to have been at Vardnanha, (Pernana) meaning “goanna”.

The goanna is said to obtain the gold colouring from actual gold said to be at Yanggavuthivuthi (Arcoona Saddle). The ash from the Valnaapa’s fire made the lead to found at Urlurrunha Awi (Gumleaf Peak Spring).

The Valnaapa then said to each other “lets go up into the sky in the sparks of this fire, let’s go and stay there”. So they went up from this mountain, the name of which celebrate their ascension Yarnngarri (young man), Arraindinha (going up).

These two young men can now be seen as the two white spots in the southern sky, from here they observe everyone below to make sure they keep the law. It is they who made the marriage law.;

one must marry someone of the opposite moiety to oneself. That is, an Arrarru must marry a Mathari and vice versa. The Valnaapa were the first Ararru and Mathari (Valnaapa were the first Ararru and Mathari. (Valnaapa is the word used of any two people – other than husband and wife.

Reference: Dorothy Tunbridge Report Reference: Dorothy Tunbridge Report Page 6 Vulkathunha-Gammon- Ranges National Park Co-management Board | Annual Report 2014–2015 Strategic priorities and achievements for 2014-15 The Co-management framework meets a number of the State’s Strategic Plan Targets,

including:

Aboriginal wellbeing – Target 6  Reconciliation, Cultural and Traditional Lands o Number of National Park Co-management Agreements (indicator 19) o Native title claims resolved (indicator 21)  Governance and Leadership o Number of Aboriginal people on government boards and committees (indicator 17) Aboriginal lands native title - Target 44 o Resolve 80% of native title claims by 2020.

Governance The Premier announced in July 2014 the review and reform of all boards and committees within South Australia.

The reform was aimed at strengthening and broadening the way in which government engages with the community and makes decisions.

The Co-management framework for South Australia has been recognised internationally as a model which supports effective collaboration with Aboriginal people in the management of their traditional lands.

The Vulkathunha Gammon Ranges National Park Co-management Board was retained. The full report is publically available on the “Your SAY” website.

Providing richer visitor experiences The Board has endorsed an interpretation plan that provides a framework for improving interpretation and cultural information about the Park. Interpretation is designed to enrich visitor experiences, connect the audience to big-picture concepts and make emotional and intellectual connections to the park. There are a wealth of stories to tell in V-GRNP – stories about people and places, flora and fauna.

Through interpretation, understanding;

through understanding, appreciation;

through appreciation, protection. Freeman Tilden Promoting Aboriginal culture through interpretation has been a high priority for the Board.

Five sites have been dual named using both the Adnyamathanha and European name. This is a historical achievement for the Adnyamathanha community as the dual naming not only promotes Aboriginal culture, but highlights the partnership arrangement between the Adnyamathanha community and DEWNR.

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Munyi Rock Art Site Managing and protecting this site is a priority for the Board. New measures were introduced to protect the site from indiscriminate access and damage, while maintaining access for the Adnyamathanha people via a walking trail.

Aboriginal gravesites Aboriginal gravesites are a very important part of the Park’s cultural heritage. Protection of these sites has been a high priority for the Board and a range of protection works have been implemented.

Native species protected and habitat improved through pest management The Board gave approval for continuation of conservation and a pest management program conducted through Bounceback on VGRNP.

Widespread recovery of plants and animals across Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park continues. This recovery is attributed to a combination of good rainfall over the last five years and the effective control of foxes and goats, through the Bounceback Program.

A wide range of species including many with National and State conservation significance

benefited from ongoing feral animal and pest plant management. These included the:

 Balcanoona Wattle Slender Bell-fruit  Short-tailed Grasswren  Carpet Python  Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby  There is also anecdotal evidence that populations of regionally rare animals such as Echidna and Sand Goanna are increasing.

In the last few years, aerial fox baiting has been extended to Yankaninna and Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area, greatly increasing the area previously covered on VGRNP and Arkaroola Sanctuary. Off-park activities are funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Goat control activities have reduced grazing pressure to promote vegetation recovery and improve habitat for Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies. Long-lived perennial species such as Bullock Bush, Iga and Mulga Trees are now regenerating in response to the reduction in grazing by feral goats, which are being regularly controlled to minimise impact on recovering vegetation.

The role of the Conservation and Wildlife Management Branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia in goat control programs over the past two decades has been formally recognised by the Board. This work continues with two scheduled programs per year, during which the park is closed to the public.

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‘Big picture’ results through partnerships

The Park is part of a broader natural and cultural landscape. The Board supported:

 ongoing feral animal control and monitoring, through the regional Bounceback program Bounceback is a major conservation initiative which aims to protect and restore the semi-arid environments of the Flinders, Gawler and Olary Ranges of South Australia.

Fire Management Plan – Vulkathunha Gammon Ranges National Park The development of a Fire Management Plan for the Northern Flinders Ranges, incorporating Flinders Ranges National Park, Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges NP and Ediacara Conservation Park was initiated in 2011.

This Plan will examine fire risk and address fire management issues at a landscape scale and is being developed in accordance with DEWNR’s policies and procedures for fire management planning. The DEWNR Planning Team will work closely with the VGRNP Co-management Board to ensure the Plan has a strong Aboriginal cultural focus.

The Board, as the management authority for VGRNP will be a signatory for both the release of the draft Plan for public comment and the subsequent adoption of the final Plan.

Ecological monitoring supported Volunteers from the Scientific Expedition Group continued ecological monitoring work in the

Arcoona Creek catchment area which includes:

 Continuous rainfall records at high and low altitudes from five sites  Stream flow recoding in Arcoona Creek  Photographic botanical monitoring  Aquatic biology and water quality  Human impact monitoring  Stream flow recording  Feral animal counts  Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby monitoring.

The Board acknowledges the value of this work for developing Park management strategies.

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The Board supported the Yura Language Group (Adnyamathanha Group) in a project aiming to revegetate areas within the Park with local species significant to the Adnyamathanha people. Park accommodation and infrastructure was offered to assist the group.

Improved research management The Board has delegated its authority for approving research to the Scientific Permits Officer of DEWNR. The Board reviews reports on research projects annually and a new protocol has been implemented to safeguard cultural sites from research-related disturbance.

Working with neighbours and the Adnyamathanha Community



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