|Location:||Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory|
|Funding:||$4 769 297 (between 2007-08 and 2012-13)|
Anindilyakwa Land Council
The Anindilyakwa Land Council established an Aboriginal ranger team in 2002 that employs both men and women rangers who work to protect Groote Eylandt archipelago's unique environmental, natural resource and cultural values.
The Groote Eylandt archipelago 630 kilometres from Darwin, is an Indigenous Protected Area. Covering a combined area of around 10,000 square kilometres, the Archipelago includes Groote Eylandt, Bickerton Island, and numerous smaller islands. Its diverse environment includes 300,000 hectares of open woodland, rainforest and red sand dunes and 700,000 hectares of pristine beaches.
A feature of these islands is the absence of many feral animals common to the mainland. It is the largest area in Australia without introduced grazing animals such as pigs, buffalo, horses, cattle or donkeys. It also boasts plant communities that, in large, have not been farmed, grazed, forested or cleared.
Anindilyakwa rangers identify and monitor threatened species such as the northern hopping mouse, northern quoll and turtles, including protection of turtle nesting areas. Other key work conducted includes controlling feral cat and cane toad populations; managing weeds; collecting marine debris; restoring terrestrial and aquatic habitats; managing cultural heritage sites; and recording and documenting cultural knowledge.
Rangers also foster the development of younger generations through a junior ranger program, which educates young people about men's and women's Indigenous culture and natural resource management.
The Warnindilyakwa people, known by their language name Anindilyakwa, were brought to the Groote Eylandt archipelago on a series of song lines which created the land, rivers, animals and people and named everything pertaining to the region.
Our land and sea country is everything to us. It nourishes and sustains us. It contains the story of our history that stretches back forever. It teaches us our law and it celebrates our ancestors. It connects today's people to the past and holds the sites and signs that guide the men and women of our clans.
Anindilyakwa Indigenous Protected Area Management Plan
The surrounding waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria provide traditional owners with an enviable marine environment of reef systems and commercial and recreation fisheries.
Where is this project?
Location: Groote Eylandt archipelago