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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 4 August to 1 September 2020. Below is a record of the engagement.


We want to hear your thoughts around the delivery of guided commercial tours into Koonalda Cave, on the Nullarbor Plain.

What’s being decided?

Koonalda Cave has significant Aboriginal cultural heritage features including well preserved, fragile and complex geometric markings. The Cave is registered on the South Australian Heritage Register and the National Heritage List.

In line with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA), commercial tour operator Ancient Land Tours Pty Ltd, is seeking approval to conduct low impact commercial tour operations into Koonalda Cave. Minor modifications to the cave to facilitate safe access for guided visitors are also part of the tourism proposal.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR), on behalf of the Premier of South Australia, is seeking feedback from the Aboriginal community, in particular, Traditional Owners of Koonalda Cave, and other Aboriginal parties with an interest in the cave, on whether commercial tours into the cave should be permitted for a 12-month period.

Get involved

If you are a Traditional Owner of Koonalda Cave, or an Aboriginal party with an interest in the cave, read the tourism proposal and the Consultation Information Package and consider the following questions:

  • Should the authorisation be granted to Ancient Land Tours Pty Ltd? Why or why not?
  • If the authorisation is granted, what conditions, if any, should be imposed on it?
  • Are there any other matters that the Premier should be aware of when considering the application?

Have your say by:

  • Calling us on (08) 8226 8900
  • Emailing your feedback to
  • Posting your feedback to:

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation 

GPO Box 2343, ADELAIDE SA 5001

Your feedback will be treated confidentially.

Unless specified otherwise, submissions will be provided to Ancient Land Tours Pty Ltd and presented to the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (Committee) and the Premier for consideration.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your input will inform the Committee's advice to the Premier on whether the authorisation should be granted.

What are the next steps?

Once the consultation period closes, feedback will be forwarded to the Committee for its review and recommendations.

AAR will collate yours and the Committee's feedback and provide these to the Premier in a report to assist him make his final decision.

Contact details

If you would like to learn more about the proposal and/or wish to lodge a submission, please call AAR on (08) 8226 8900, or write to:

Mr Alex van Wessem
Principal Project Officer (Heritage)
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343, ADELAIDE SA 5001
Or visit the AAR website.

Closing date: 5:00pm, Tuesday 1 September 2020

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