More than 6.6 million hectares of Western Australia's desert country is now protected following the declaration ceremony for the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area that took place on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at Milyinirri – Well 6 of the famous Canning Stock Route – about four hours from Wiluna.
With this dedication, Birriliburu becomes part of Australia's National Reserve System, ensuring future generations will continue to enjoy this amazing landscape.
It also means that Australia now has a continuous wildlife corridor of more than 24 million hectares stretching across the centre of the country, taking in seven IPAs and two nature reserves.
The Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area takes in parts of the Little Sandy Desert and the Gibson Desert. Its landscape ranging from sand dunes, sandstone mountain ranges to salt lakes and claypans and the area is home to a high number of nationally significant species such as the black- flanked rock wallaby, great desert skink, and marsupial mole.
The ceremony was run by Mungarlu Ngurraranktja Rirraunkaja Aboriginal Corporation (MNR), the Registered Native Title Body Corporate that holds the native title rights and interests over the Birriliburu native title determined area on behalf of the Birriliburu native title holders.
The Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS) works with the Birriliburu people on a number of projects in the Western Desert that are funded through Rangelands NRM and Caring for Our Country. Rangelands NRM’s General Manager Dr Brian Warren attended the ceremony.
For further information on Birriliburu projects and activities visit the Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS) website.
A video with highlights from the event can be found on You Tube.