Sharing the park: Anangu initiatives in Ayers Rock Tourism: a tourism impact study

Sharing the park: Anangu initiatives in Ayers Rock Tourism: a tourism impact study Report

  • Author(s): Central Land Council, Pitjantjatjara Council, Mutitjulu Community
  • Published: 1991
  • Publisher: Institute of Aboriginal Development

Abstract: Anangu perceptions of tourism in Uluru (Ayers Rock - Mount Olga) National Park; demographic, social and economic survey of the Mutitjulu community, 1985-1986; historical background - Anangu contact assimilation policy, development of Yulara; land use policy and the formation of the National Park; park operations; Anangu relations with state and federal governments; survey of tourist industry; and representation of Aboriginal culture by tourist industry; economic impact of tourism on Mutitjulu and regional communities - cultural tourism; conclusion.

Notes: Historical reference Work during 1985-1987 Anangu broad reservation about toursim Older women used to do domestic work - tourism little support for toursits amongst workers who lacked long time work experience (in toursim) "outside bodies should not persist in unrealistic expectations concerning Aboriginal employment at Yulara. Anangu work aspirations are related to prior experience and Anangu values, not just the lure of lucrative salaries" (8). Ranger and bush tucker work most desired Valued past smaller numbers, more personal interactions with toursits Some but not resort workers making use of houses at Yulara (intimitantly) No link between type of house or literacy levels and employment - no community wide trend in favour of the literate "Yulara is European society's most radical and confident intervention into a region that has been notoriously refractory to Eurpean settlement" (36) Comprimised Anangu land rights "Yulara casts a long shadow. In the dispute over take-away liquour sales, the tourist, and its government representatives have weighed the convenience of tourists more heavily than the wishes of Anangu" (42) Some work during construction phase While "visitors express interest in coming to understand more about Anangu culture they do not necessarily take advantage of the available means of learning about it and not many purchse artefacts. many express diossatisfaction with the information offered about Anangu including that offered in guided bus tours" Nov 1986 Feb 1987 - no Anangu employed Anangu interests are collecting about 1.3% of total tourist expenditre at Yulara and National Park Yulara employment characteristics- short term, non-territorian - no money stays in NT "The lesson of Yulara, a negative example, is that some developments ignore Aboriginal priorities, particularly if those developers can alienate land. Nothing was more effective in excluding Aboriginal interests from Yulara" (132) Kings Canyon is a better example. Demand for Anangu labour in the park service cannot be met by Mutitjulu community

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