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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Muru-warinyi Ankkul Rangers

The Muru-Warinyi Ankkul Rangers are based at Tennant Creek in the Barkly region and work in partnership with local Traditional Owners, pastoralists and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory to ensure sustainable land management outcomes across the region. Their name is translated from Warumungu and means ‘from the bush’.

The rangers undertake land and cultural management activities such as conservation fire management, maintaining visitor facilities at Kunjarra (Devil’s Pebbles) and controlling weeds around cultural sites, waterways and biodiversity ‘hot spots’. They have also made important contributions to the mapping of threatened species such as the mulgara, marsupial mole and bilby.

Their work schedule also includes regular youth and community engagement projects with Barkly College, Tennant Creek Primary School and regional youth-at-risk programs. This involves connecting school-age youth with Traditional Owners and taking them for cultural learning trips on country. The Muru-Warinyi Ankkul Rangers have also carried out successful cost recovery work for a number of small mining companies operating in the region, and in 2015 were successful in securing a fee for service contract to manage the campground at the Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) Conservation Reserve.

NT - Central Australian region
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Burning Warlmanpa Country. Photo: © Josephine Grant
Burning Warlmanpa Country. Photo: © Josephine Grant