MUTITJULU

Mutitjulu community is located approximately 400 km southwest of Alice Springs at the eastern end of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). It is named after a knee-shaped water-filled rock hole at the base of Uluru, and is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which has meant that the community falls outside of the Northern Territory local government boundaries.  As such the community is administered by Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation rather than by any shire.

The majority of the Anangu (people) are Pitjantjatjara but there are also associated Yankunytjatjara, Luritja and Ngaanyatjarra people with the languages spoken being Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Yangkunytjatjara.  Arrernte people of Alice Springs also have a traditional relationship with Uluru.

The population fluctuates between 110 to 200 people and many residents move between Docker River and Alice Springs.  The traditional owners are joint managers of the National Park with Parks Australia.  Due to its unique location, much of the local economy comes from tourism.  There are limited employment opportunities for local Anangu.

Since commencement of Mook Mook Night Patrol over 500 cases of assistance to community members have occurred.

Services in the community include:

  • Police Station
  • Garage
  • Ininti Store
  • Aged Care
  • Mutitjulu Health Service
  • Child Care Centre
  • School
  • Maruku Arts

Other service providers operating in Mutitjulu are Frontier Services, Centrelink and Anangu Jobs, NT Housing, Lutheran Community Services and Voyages.

Mook Mook Aboriginal Corporation utilises office space from MCAC and has leased staff accommodation for the Manager from Voyages Ayers Rock Resort.