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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Wilinggin IPA and Wunggurr Rangers

The Wilinggin Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) covers 2.4 million hectares of remote and rugged country in the central north Kimberley and includes basalt ranges and sandstone cliffs, which rise up to 250 metres high, through to wooded grasslands and pockets of rainforests, all of which are crisscrossed by rivers, creeks and billabongs.

The Traditional Owners, the Ngarinyin people, have lived in the area for thousands of years, passing down their law and culture from generation to generation. They dedicated the IPA in 2013 to reinforce their traditional connection to country which was created by the law of the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits.

The Wunggurr Rangers look after the unique natural and cultural values of Wilinggin country using a combination of traditional and contemporary management. Their work includes looking after cultural sites and the health of waterways; fire, weed and feral animal management; biodiversity monitoring; and visitor management. The rangers are role models in their communities and strive to educate and positively impact on future generations.

State: 
WA - Kimberley region
Project Website: 
https://www.wilinggin.com.au/rangers
Administration Organisation
Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation
https://www.wilinggin.com.au/
Wunggurr Head Ranger, Robin Dann. Photo: © Kimberley Land Council
Wunggurr Head Ranger, Robin Dann. Photo: © Kimberley Land Council