The Tibooburra Aboriginal Keeping Place opened its doors in 1991 following years of dedication and work from the late Mrs Kathleen Beer’s home.
The Tibooburra Aboriginal Keeping Place is an autonomous body that works in collaboration with the New South Wales Land Council. It is governed by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.
Local Aboriginal Land Councils are funded by NSWALC pursuant to an agreement with NSWALC. In NSW, there are no government-funded Land Councils.
The protection and promotion of culture and heritage is one of the functions of Local Aboriginal Land Councils.
The Tibooburra Local Aboriginal Land Council proudly hosts the public at their ‘Keeping Place’ museum.
A large portion of the exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Australian Museum in Sydney.
Visitors are welcome to wander through the native garden, browse the library, or purchase a book or souvenir at the Tibooburra LALC office. A stroll through the Keeping Place provides insight into the nomadic lifestyles of the Wangkumarra, Malyangapa, and Wadigali tribes who traversed what is now known as ‘Corner Country.’
Visitors are welcome to camp on the Aboriginal reserve’s unpowered sites, which are allotted to the Tibooburra Local Aboriginal Land Council. This section of land is steeped in history for the indigenous people of the area. It is the location of the township’s aboriginal people’s fringe dwelling camps in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Currently, the Tibooburra LALC is revegetating this land. The revegetation will provide protection from wind erosion, additional natural shelter for campers, and, in the future, a source of firewood and indigenous medicinal plants derived from local shrubs and trees.
A natural boulder barrier has been erected to prevent visitors from driving over heritage campsites unknowingly.
The Tibooburra LALC has been awarded a grant of $20000 over three years by the NSW Government Environmental Trust for the project “Increase Awareness of Aboriginal Heritage and Culture.” The project is currently in its third year.
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