Stakeholders met last month to develop a Healthy Country Plan for Bunuba Country in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Representatives from Rangelands NRM, Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC), Bush Heritage Australia, Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC), and project partners Environs Kimberley (EK) and The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) met in Fitzroy Crossing to welcome new project staff, share perspectives and form the project steering committee.
The Bunuba people’s Native Title rights and interests were recognised after a 13-year process in the Bunuba determination 2012. They hold exclusive rights to 3,500 square kilometres of land north of Fitzroy Crossing.
Bush Heritage recently announced a formal partnership with BDAC to complete a Bunuba Healthy Country Project by June 2016.
Rangelands NRM is supporting work by EK to expand their weed eradication program along key riparian areas of Bunuba Country, within the Fitzroy and Lennard River catchments, to protect and conserve Purple-crowned Fairy-wren habitat. We also assist Bunuba Rangers working in partnership with DPaW to undertake freshwater crocodile surveys to establish baseline information prior to the arrival of cane toads.
Images courtesy of Bush Heritage Australia:
1) Bunuba Healthy Country stakeholders' meeting in Fitzroy Crossing, July 2015
2) Bunuba Country sign.