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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Birriliburu IPA

Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was dedicated in 2013 and stretches over 6.6 million hectares of striking desert. From the nationally significant Carnarvon Range to Constance Headland along Western Australia’s famous Canning Stock Route, the IPA covers three central west desert regions — the Little Sandy Desert, Gibson Desert and the Gascoyne.

Birriliburu IPA is astonishingly diverse, ranging from sand dunes and sandstone mountain ranges to salt lakes and claypans. The area is home to a high number of nationally significant species such as the black flanked rock wallaby, great desert skink, night parrot and the slender billed thornbill to name just a few. Ancient rock art galleries and sites culturally significant to the Martu can be found throughout Birriliburu.

All of this country belongs to the Birriliburu native title holders, known as the Martu. Their priorities for using and managing country include getting back on country; keeping culture strong; keeping country and water sources healthy; looking after tourists; and working with partners to develop Martu work skills in conservation and land management.

State: 
WA - Central and Southern region
Project Website: 
http://www.centraldesert.org.au/program-region-item/birriliburu/
Administration Organisation
Central Desert Native Title Services
http://www.centraldesert.org.au/
The Little Sandy Desert. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The Little Sandy Desert. Photo: Wikimedia Commons