Largest gathering of Indigenous desert rangers in Australia – Uluru, 5-7 November 2019

November 1, 2019

Media release

The 6th annual Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) Conference will bring together Indigenous desert rangers from across five states and territories to the red heart of the Australian desert, Uluru, Northern Territory.

The conference is being held at the Voyages Conference Centre, Yulara, Uluru from 5 -7 November 2019, with over 300 Indigenous rangers and stakeholders already registered to attend.  It will feature a program that focuses on sharing information about looking after one of our most globally important natural and cultural assets – the Australian desert.

“The Australian deserts are vast, culturally and environmentally significant areas covering approximately one third of Australia.  Indigenous rangers are vital in managing and caring for this remarkable landscape with its rich natural biodiversity”, Mr Lindsey Langford, executive officer IDA said.

The conference aims to strengthen long established connections across this unique desert landscape; enhance information exchange between groups; provide opportunities for rangers to tell their stories and learn from their peers; to network with key stakeholders, and to raise the profile of Indigenous land management globally.

Over the three days of the conference rangers discuss protecting threatened species such as the bilby and the night parrot, managing and using fire in the landscape, developing the Indigenous tourism industry in the desert, and continuing to build the capacity of Indigenous men and women rangers to implement best practice land management processes in desert country.

The growth of Indigenous ranger programs in the Australian desert over the past decade is a major success story of which the nation should be proud.  Indigenous rangers who are working in the desert today, are the stewards of a land management practice that has been handed down over generations and which builds from an ancient and continuous connection of desert people to country and to each other.

Benjamin Kenny IDA Chair  “As chair of the IDA and a ranger myself, it makes me proud to look around the room and see men and women rangers from all over the desert, across 5 states and territories, some who have travelled thousands of kilometres to be here to tell their story about how they are protecting their lands”.

Dr Sally Box (Threatened Species Commissioner)I am really looking forward to my second IDA Forum. It is always a privilege to hear first hand what Indigenous rangers are doing on their country to look after threatened species, and to talk about how we can work together to protect our remarkable plants and animals.”

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Additional information

 Tjakura rangers

The IDA conference is being held on land which is owned by Anangu people. The Tjakura rangers (a new ranger team in the Mutijulu community located at the base of Uluru) are proud to welcome rangers from the greater desert region to their country.



The IDA is an Indigenous led alliance of desert land management organisations that amplifies the voice of desert rangers and coordinates professional capacity building events and projects for Indigenous desert rangers.

The IDA empowers Indigenous people managing Australia’s desert country to realise their social/cultural, environmental and economic aspirations. The IDA is committed to:


Contact for further information

 Lindsey Langford

Executive officer

0429 885 979





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