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Tarriwa Kurrukun IPA and Rangers

Northwest of Guyra on the New England Tablelands, Tarriwa Kurrukun Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was dedicated in 2009. It covers 930 hectares of wetlands and stringybark forest and is home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals.

Banbai are the Traditional Owners of this country, and Tarriwa Kurrukun means 'strong one' in the Banbai Nation language. Banbai's ongoing connection to Tarriwa Kurrukun dates back thousands of years and the central ridgelines of the property contain a number of scarred trees and isolated artefacts.

The Tarriwa Kurrukun Rangers protect the land's wildlife which includes endangered glossy black and red-tailed black cockatoos. Part of the rangers work involves monitoring the cockatoos and managing fire to create suitable habit. They also carry out water quality testing of the creeks and streams and educate visitors on the IPA's conservation and cultural values.

Administration Organisation
Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council
Ranger planting tree. Photo © Banbai Business Enterprises Inc
Ranger planting tree. Photo © Banbai Business Enterprises Inc