From 30 September 2012 the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council (4 Wheel Drive Australia), will no longer issue travel permits for the Canning Stock Route (CSR), one of Australias iconic and most challenging four wheel drive route.
In future travellers will need to apply for permits through Kuju Wangka which represents native title areas along the CSR, said Council President Eric Morey.
The Council regrets the change which ends a successful collaboration with the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation.
Since 2007 the Council has helped the Martu people with a permit system to help manage access across their traditional lands. Permit funds were originally targeted for community improvements and potentially to employ Indigenous rangers responsible for preserving significant areas while educating travellers.
We are disappointed with Kuju Wangkas change and think permit fees could rise in future.
We are concerned the new managers have ignored our efforts to develop culturally sensitive information about travelling the CSR and co-opted our materials without acknowledgement.
Ground clearance really matters on the Canning Stock Route