New land management training for Ngurrawaana Rangers

[August 2013] 

The Ngurrawaana Rangers and community elders met this month with Mike Clark and Bill Cotching from the Pilbara Corridors project to plan training in conservation and land management for the Rangers.

Supervised training will begin in August with a project to undertake landscaping and tree planting in a focal area of the community coordinated by Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross from the Pilbara Corridors team.

Rangelands NRM Pilbara Program Manager Dr Bill Cotching said the Rangers will gain accredited certificates to level 1 and then will continue training over the next two years to achieve accreditation to level two in conservation and land management.

“The Rangers are also developing plans to muster feral cattle off land near the community on the Fortescue River to reduce the environmental impact on the biodiversity of native plants and animals in the area,” he said.

“Further work to control weeds on the river will be undertaken.”

Dr Cotching said the Ngurrawaana Rangers provide a great model of a local community looking after country. The Murujuga Rangers are also another example.

Dr Cotching is also looking into the potential to establish a new Ranger team in the Tom Price area that could be associated with Karijini National Park in partnership with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).

The Pilbara Corridors project is undertaking several initiatives with local pastoralists and land managers to protect the biodiversity in the Fortescue river catchment. For more information visit the website or contact Dr Bill Cotching Email: BillC@rangelandswa.com.au