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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Marthakal IPA and Gumurr Marthakal Rangers

Based at Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island, the Gumurr Marthakal Rangers manage 323,048 hectares of coastal land, intertidal waters and island chains that were dedicated as the Marthakal Indigenous Protected Area in 2016. They also manage around one million hectares of surrounding sea country.

The rangers’ work includes monitoring and removing ghost nets from their patrol area, managing coffee bush and monitoring billabongs for the potential arrival of mimosa.

They are also involved in an annual monitoring programme of the threatened northern quoll, which were relocated from the mainland to protect them from poisonous cane toads.

State: 
NT - Arnhem Land region
Administration Organisation
Marthakal Homelands and Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation and Northern Land Council
Sea rescue training. Photo © Gumurr Marthakal Rangers
Sea rescue training. Photo © Gumurr Marthakal Rangers