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National Parks and Wildlife Service temporarily close Bandahngan Aboriginal Area

National Parks and Wildlife Service temporarily close Bandahngan Aboriginal Area
September 15, 2020

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will temporarily close Bandahngan Aboriginal Area in Urbenville, New South Wales to undertake essential rehabilitation and upgrades.

Border Ranges National Park is co-managed under an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Githabul people, Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

The popular site includes unregulated camping areas at Tooloom Falls and Bandahngan Loop Road and is expected to reopen in June 2021.

NPWS Area Manager, Damien Hofmeyer, said NPWS had been advised by the Githabul Aboriginal community that the sacred Aboriginal area required a period of rest.

Hofmeye advises "Bandahngan Aboriginal Area is a natural jewel of NSW, and judging by its popularity amongst visitors, many people agree.

"Unfortunately, drought and a period of high visitation, has meant the ecology of the site has taken a hit. If we want to continue to enjoy this beautiful landscape in the future, we need to step in now and make sure it doesn't decline any further.

"Based on advice from the Githabul Aboriginal community, and our own observations of the area, we have made the decision to temporarily close the site for an extended period.”

Chair of the Githabul Corporation, Charlie Ord, said the Bandahngan Aboriginal Area is one of the Githabul people's most sacred places.

Ord added "we want to share our culture and sites, but we also need to protect them.”

During the closure, NPWS will focus on improving the health of native vegetation and waterways as well as developing a new plan of management for the site to reduce environmental impacts.

During the closure period, visitors will be redirected to alternate camping areas including Richmond Range, Border Ranges and Koreelah National Parks as well as campgrounds in Urbenville and Woodenbong.

Image of Tooloom National Park 

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