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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Nantawarrina IPA and Rangers

On Adnyamathanha lands, Australia’s first Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), Nantawarrina was dedicated in 1998. The property covers 58,000 hectares and lies in rugged terrain between the Flinders and Gammon Ranges National Parks. The Nantawarrina IPA includes stunning limestone hills, siltstone flats, springs and waterholes and is home to the vulnerable yellow-footed rock-wallaby.

In Adnyamathanha mythology, the elders tell the story of Arkuru, the huge rainbow serpent, who travelled into the gorges, forming the mountains and permanent waterholes.

The Nantawarrina Rangers' work includes a focus on cultural and ecological conservation using both traditional knowledge and modern land management practices. After years of degradation through over farming, the rangers are working to rehabilitate the country, by undertaking revegetation activities and feral animal control.

The Nipapanha Community with help from the rangers promote tourism, by providing campsite facilities, access tracks, signage and offering cultural tours.

State: 
SA
Project Website: 
https://nepabunna.com.au/nantawarrina/
Administration Organisation
Nipapanha Community Aboriginal Corporation
https://nepabunna.com.au/
Nanatwarrina landscape. Photo: © Nipapanha Community Aboriginal Corporation
Nanatwarrina landscape. Photo: © Nipapanha Community Aboriginal Corporation