New $150 fee to visit sacred Kimberley sites
An Aboriginal group in Western Australia’s far north has begun to charge tourists on cruise ships 150 AUD to visit their sacred sites. Kimberley, WA is home to many world-famous coastal spots like waterfalls and rock art caves that fall under native title. The Wunambal Gaambera people have claimed the funds will be used to get local people out to remote sites more often and to ensure the cultural sites are preserved and protected. This has sparked concern among many tourism groups, fearing the fee may have a negative effect on the 15 million dollar industry.
Here to talk to us about the issue is Charlie Jacobs, a Policy Analyst in Indigenous Affairs from the Centre of Independent Studies.