Clinton Walker is a descendant of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people, Traditional Custodians of the West Pilbara region, encompassing places like Karratha and the incredible Murujuga National Park. Murujuga (or Burrup Peninsula), on the north-west coast of Australia, houses the largest rock art collection in the world – around one million petroglyphs, some dating back about 40,000 years. The World Heritage nomination for this place is a shoe-in, unless jeopardised by current industry expansion plans – most notoriously, the Scarborough Gas Field proposal, currently being challenged in court and elsewhere, with the stakes running far beyond this incredible ancient place.
But there are better ways to go here. And Clinton is uniquely placed to talk to them. He was a highly paid technician with a mining company there, but he ultimately couldn't bear the harm it was causing his Country. He now runs an extremely successful tour operation called Ngurrangga Tours, and is living the message that sustainable industries such as Indigenous cultural tourism are enormously beneficial - economically, for Country, and for bringing our cultures together. So join us, as Clinton sits us down on a very special part of his Country for a yarn.
If you’d like to hear more from Clinton, and more conversations like this with First Nations, farmers, pastoralists, conservationists, economists, entrepreneurs and others across WA, and the world, join host Anthony James over on The RegenNarration podcast, wherever podcasts are found, or at https://www.regennarration.com.
This conversation was recorded on 13 December 2021 on Country at Murujuga.
Eden is Lost, by Selfless Orchestra.
Clinton’s tour company, Ngurrangga Tours - https://www.ngurrangga.com.au/
For more on First Nations opportunities in cultural tourism and beyond, tune into episode 5 of the Clean State podcast, Our Huge Untapped Resource: Expanding Aboriginal tourism in a post-COVID world, with much-loved native food specialist, educator, and passionate Aboriginal tourism advocate, Dale Tilbrook - https://www.cleanstate.org.au/podcast
For more on the plan to support and expand Aboriginal tourism and business development that Clean State is advocating for - https://www.cleanstate.org.au/expand_aboriginal_tourism
And check out the rest of the Clean State WA website, where you’ll see more on the Jobs Plan and how you can get involved - https://www.cleanstate.org.au/jobs-plan
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