Traditional Aboriginal Owners in central Australia requested that rock art images from the MacDonnell and nearby ranges not be published in this proposed book despite being publicly accessible in National Parks or Reserves. Most of these paintings have been published many times previously, and in many cases images are available on the internet, so they are already in the public domain. Similar refusals to approve publication of images from the Carnarvon Range in Western Australia were received from the Traditional Owners of this recently declared Native Title region. Some other Aboriginal groups remain difficult to meet with or contact after almost 4 years of trying.
I was reluctant to publish this Australia-wide compilation of images without some of these regions being included, so I reluctantly decided to just make a limited number of copies of the compilation available to selected rock art researchers as an unpublished manuscript.
Future discussions with TOs may subsequently allow this 496-page valuable compilation to be published and therefore made available to a wider audience to promote the priceless heritage we have in this country.