National Park reopened
Tuesday, 19th July, 2011
The Mutawintji National Park has been reopened to the public after heavy rainfall forced its closure in January.
Chair of the Mutawintji Board of Management (MBOM) William Bates said while the closure of park northeast of Broken Hill was regrettable, it was necessary to ensure the safety of visitors.
Mr Bates said the flood damage was so extensive there were significant risks to visitors, and the decision to close the park was made with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
“Entire sections of roads were washed away, creek crossings were destroyed, walking tracks and the camping area all suffered significant damage,” he said.
“NPWS staff members and Aboriginal community members from Wilcannia have been busy during the last six months undertaking road and walking track maintenance works and repairing infrastructure and visitor facilities.
“Mutawintji National Park is a wonderful place to visit, and so I’m very pleased to be able to announce the reopening of the park at this time.”
Homestead Creek Campground, Homestead Creek Gorge walking tracks and Mutawintji Gorge Walking tracks were all open, Mr Bates said, however the Mutawintji Historic Site was open for guided tours only.
“Several areas within the park still have restrictions or are still closed. We ask that all visitors observe any posted signs within the park.”
Featuring gorges and rockpools, the national park is most famous for its Aboriginal rock art and engravings.
The park was returned to its traditional owners in 1998.
Mr Bates said after wet weather people should contact the region’s visitor centre to check on local conditions before embarking on trips into national parks.
For more information on national parks contact the NPWS Broken Hill office on 08 8080 3200 or visit the website www.environment.nsw.gov.au.