In April 2013, Birriliburu in Western Australia was declared an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) under a Federal Government program, enabling Traditional Owners to manage their land as a reserve. Since that time, we've has been fostering a partnership with the Martu people through their organisation Mungarlu Ngurrankatja Rirraunkaja (MNR) and program managers from Central Desert Land and Community.
Employing Traditional Owners from Wiluna and other communities, the Indigenous Ranger Program enables Martu people to manage their country and protect its outstanding conservation values. The program brings together traditional knowledge and science; providing a chance for cross-cultural exchange and better social, economic and environmental outcomes for the people and their land.
The Birriliburu IPA is vast; at 6.6 million hectares, it’s nearly the size of Tasmania. Given this size, strategic management areas have been identified around significant conservation, cultural and heritage assets. Katjarra (Carnarvon Range), in the south-western pocket of Birriliburu, is one such area – where Birriliburu rangers are leading fire management, threatened species, feral animal and bush tucker work.