The Ngarigo people are the traditional custodians of the majority of the region we now know as the Snowy Monaro, with our work in the Upper Murrumbidgee running through this beautiful country. Archaeological surveys reveal a long and rich cultural history, with significant sites throughout the region. The Monaro was heavily impacted by colonisation with many Aboriginal people leaving the area. Despite this, Ngarigo people maintain strong spiritual and cultural connections to the high country and are increasingly being acknowledged and included in decision making across the region. In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ngarigo elders and the NSW Government enabling the local indigenous community to be involved in managing and preserving the cultural heritage of Kosciuzko National Park.
In more recent times there have been concerns raised by Ngarigo people about development approvals on land that is sacred, a situation that has raised the profile of Aboriginal rights and connections in the Snowy region.