Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatara Rangers
Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatara (AMY) county spans a vast area of the far north of South Australia which includes the township of Coober Pedy, a large portion of the South Australian Arid Lands NRM boundary and part of the Alinytjara Wilurura NRM boundary.
The AMY people have a strong cultural and spiritual interest in the long term sustainability of country. The project funding will enable Traditional Owners (TOs) and members of the community to train and have gainful employment on their lands.
The ranger team will be focused on land management strategies within the AMY lands and the development of health country plan will outline long term priorities and the development of a viable land management entity for AMY. Consultation with common law holders and through directions from the AMY Board will be a key to establishing the priorities of the ranger program.
Gibson Desert Warnpurru Rangers
The Gibson Desert Nature Reserve (GDNR) is one of the most remote areas in Australia. This has made it difficult for TOs to undertake cultural and land management activities.
The new ranger team provides an opportunity for TOs to connect with country through managed collaborative projects, and achieve landscape scale management of cultural and natural values.
Land management, fire management, feral animal control, identification of cultural sites and values, and protecting threatened species such as the Night Parrot, Bilby and Malleefowl, will be key features of the TOs plan for country.
The GDNR covers approximately 18,900sqkms of central Western Australia and lies between the Birriliburu and Ngaanyatjarra IPAs.
Gingirana (Marputu) Rangers
The project is providing funding for the expansion of the Gingirana rangers. This expansion will increase the ranger’s scope of work to manage natural and cultural values of their country, including two way learning, protecting threatened species (such as Bilby, Night Parrot and Malleefowl), right way fire management, feral animal control, cultural mapping, attending ranger forums and looking after water holes.
The rangers will establish links with established and neighbouring land management programs (such as Birriliburu and Matawa Kurrara Kurrara).
The native title are covers approximately 11,809sqkm of land situated mostly to the east of Great Northern Highway about 200kms south of Newman.
Marlinga Tjarutja (Oak Valley) Rangers
Established in October 2018, the Oak Valley ranger team has focused on surveying country for the presence of threatened and introduced species and studying the overall health of country. This has included monitoring known Malleefowl nests and surveying new areas.
The new ranger team has participated in fire management training and helicopter work. They hae also conducted on country trips.
The rangers have also installed signage for tourists to indicate the right places camp on country. They will also work the Tjuntjuntjara rangers to install additional signage along the Anne Beadell Highway.
Oak Valley is a remote indigenous community located on the southern fringe of the Great Victoria Desert, approximately 520kms northwest of Ceduna on Maralinga Tjarutja Lands, home to the Anangu people. The use of the traditional language is strong within the community with the majority speaking Pitjantjatjara and English
Ngurra Kayanta Rangers
The new Ngurra Kayanta ranger team in the Great Sandy Desert (GSD) are being supported to access and look after their country. Annual return to country trips will enable Traditional Owners (TOs) to develop a plan for country, support cultural knowledge and on-ground land management activities.
Capacity building of the new ranger team will occur through on-ground land management trips, joint activities and mentoring from neighbouring ranger/Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) groups (such as the Paruka ranger team based in Mulan). The rangers will also have the opportunity to attend regional ranger forums or training events each year. Collaboration will focus on threatened species management, such as the endangered Night Parrot.
The Ngurra Kayanta native title determination covers 1.95 million hectares in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia.
The project is funding the Manta Rirritinya TOs to establish a new ranger team. This will enable mapping and management of the region and extend the connectivity of the lands managed primarily for natural and cultural values from the Tanami Desert in the north through to the Gascoyne and the GSD in the south.
The ranger team will assist the TOs to complement and/or work with neighbours for more effective regional conversation outcomes, particularly around fire and feral animal management. Commercial opportunities such as growing sandalwood trees and bush tomatoes will also be explored.
Manta Rirritinya country is located across four bioregions – Great Victoria Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Gibson Desert and the Gascoyne – covering 23,000sqkms.