Professor Ovington and Reggie Uluru hold aloft copies of the handback lease agreement
Audio tour 11 - Looking at the landscape the Anangu way - Handback/joint management
- Location: Car sunset viewing area | Duration: 2m10s
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The car sunset viewing area gives you the chance to see Uluru in its full glory - when the sun sets and its colours change.
Here it’s easy to see why the United Nations recognised this place for its outstanding geological formations and natural beauty and as a living cultural landscape. This ancient land has been managed by generations of Anangu using traditional practices and knowledge. It continues to hold powerful spiritual and cultural connections today.
Take time to read the interpretation panels to understand the different ways to see this landscape - our European way and the Anangu way.
Today Anangu and Parks Australia jointly manage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. We use traditional land management and western science, working together to look after our park so future generations will also be able to experience its wonder.
Joint management - that’s Anangu and Parks Australia working together - was made possible because of what we call ‘handback’.
In a historic ceremony, on 26 October 1985, the Australian Government handed back the title deeds to Uluru and Kata Tjuta to their traditional owners. This moment - handback - we celebrate every year.
At handback, the traditional owners owners leased their lands to the Director of National Parks for a period of 99 years. This in turn led to joint management - the traditional owners and Parks Australia working together - making sure anything we do is guided by Tjukurpa, the foundation of all Anangu knowledge.
Have a look at Jennifer Taylor’s Working Together painting in your visitor guide to learn more about joint management.