This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 4 August to 1 September 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.
Koonalda Cave is an Aboriginal heritage site entered on the Central Archive maintained by Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) – Central Archive Site 4835-502. The site is also entered on the South Australian Heritage Register and the National Heritage List.
The cave contains very significant Aboriginal cultural heritage features, including well preserved ‘finger flutings’ and engraved lines, created by Aboriginal people thousands of years ago. The cave also contains archaeological deposits; artefacts; stelae (standing stones) as well as evidence of Aboriginal flint quarrying and stone tool manufacture.
The Premier of South Australia, as the Minister responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA), has received an application for authorisation under section 23 of the Act from Ancient Land Tours Pty Ltd to conduct commercial tour operations into Koonanda Cave.
Section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal sites, objects or ancestral remains without authorisation.
Ancient Land Tours Pty Ltd, in conjunction with the Department for Environment and Water, has consulted with interested Aboriginal parties, including Traditional Owners, about the proposal.
Ancient Land Tours Pty Ltd is committed to working closely with Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation and Traditional Owners to ensure that commercial tours to Koonalda Cave are delivered in a culturally respectful manner.