Information for visitors
It is important to remember that you are working in another culture, with different customs to mainstream Australia. A very important consideration is respect. If you demonstrate respect in your interactions with people you will usually be respected. Take the time to listen, watch and learn quietly.
Camping is permitted within 30m of permitted roads. Please bury all camp fires, burn all toilet paper and take your rubbish with you. Please enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands without disturbing any of the culturally significant places along the Great Central Road.
Ngaanyatjarra Health Service provides only accident and emergency services to visitors. Please ensure that adequate quantities of your particular prescription drugs are carried.
The Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation) By-Laws, which apply to the whole of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, prohibit the possession and consumption of alcohol on the Lands.
The by-laws allow you to convey any alcohol that you have with you through the Lands, but you are prohibited from consume it. Under the Aboriginal Communities Act 1979, any person who brings, possesses or uses liquor on Ngaanyatjarra Land, or supplies it to others, commits an offence. A FINE OF UP TO $5,000 MAY APPLY.
While on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands please ensure that you store, transport and dispose of volatile substances safely and securely to prevent the sniffing or inhaling of volatile substances for intoxication. Sniffing volatile substances is dangerous and can be fatal.
Volatile substances used for inhaling are often stolen from work vehicles, construction sites and visitors’ accommodation and when left at the rubbish tip, in bins, or insecurely stored in the community.
Volatile substances include:
- Aerosols: spray paint, automotive and cleaning products, fly and hairspray, and deodorant
- Solvents: glues and adhesives (super glue, rubber cement), petrol and other solvents (toluene, paint strippers/thinners, sealants, degreasers and some cleaning products)
- Gases: portable butane/propane cartridges used for camping stoves, soldering irons and flame torches.
- use non-solvent based products and aerosols with alternative propellants
- use low aromatic fuel (opal) instead of unleaded petrol or top up with opal when you arrive
- use diesel-powered equipment or vehicles where possible
- keep all volatile substances locked up at all times in the designated storage area
- do not leave volatile substances in unlocked vehicles or in sight
- take all used and unused volatile substances with you when you leave.
- if something is missing, report it to the police.
- if unsure, seek advice from the police, shire of Ngaanyatjarraku or Ngaanyatjarra health.
Both men and women need to dress respectfully. You should wear clothes that cover you well and are not revealing or brief.
Men’s and women’s business
There is a strong adherence to men’s and women’s business on the Lands, with different protocols and different behavioural expectations for men and women. Generally, there is little physical contact between men and women, even if they are in a relationship.