Pilbara Corridors


The Fortescue River catchment in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is the focus of this six-year project to protect and improve existing native vegetation and manage threats to biodiversity.


Pilbara Corridors Project


The Fortescue River catchment in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is the focus of this six-year project to protect and improve existing native vegetation and manage threats to biodiversity. It involves landscape-scale activities that connect across management boundaries providing coordinated responses to biodiversity threats. Rangelands NRM WA manages the grant by working in partnership with Greening Australia WA and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife to engage with pastoral, Indigenous, mining and conservation land managers in the region which continues to rapidly develop. Pilbara Corridors provides the governance and infrastructure to promote and nurture a collaborative approach for all stakeholders to realise environmental and socio-economic benefits for the Pilbara.

  • PJ120101 Fortescue Feral Herbivore Management
  • PJ120102 Fortescue Fire Management
  • PJ120103 Indigenous Ranger Training Program (Ngurrawaana Rangers) (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120105 Fortescue Pastoral Land Management (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120106 Weed Management on the Fortescue River Catchment 2013-2017
  • PJ120107 Ngurrawaana Rangers Parkinsonia Fortescue 2013 (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120108 Cactus Management in the Pilbara (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120109 Pilbara Corridors Business Marketing and Investment Project (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120110 Pilbara Bioregion Conservation Action Plan (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120111 Pilbara Bioregion GIS 2015 (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120112 Pilbara IUCN Consultation (COMPLETE)
  • PJ120113 Prairie Downs ESRM Implementation
  • PJ120114 Pilbara Claypans
  • PJ120116 Pilbara Rangelands AusPlots
  • PJ120117 Feral Herbivore Aerial Cull 2015-2017
  • PJ120118 Pastoral Mangagement Bonney and Corunna Downs
  • PJ120119 Pilbara Triodia Field Guide and App
  • PJ120121 Restoration of the Fortescue Catchment
  • PJ120120 ESRM Contour Consulting Partnership
  • PJ120122 PilCAPStage2
  • PJ120123 Samphire Survey on the Fortescue Marsh
  • PJ151001 Extending NAFI Rangelands Wide Stage 1

Delivery organisation

  • Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee
  • Ngurrawaana Rangers
  • Pastoralists
  • DeGrey LCDC
  • Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group
  • Greening Australia
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
  • University of Western Australia
  • Charles Darwin University
  • IUCN CEM Ecosystems and Invasive Species
  • Contour Consulting
  • Gaia Resources


Conservation Action Planning (CAP) is a powerful tool to guide conservation teams to develop focused strategies and measures of success. A draft CAP was produced of the region following a series of stakeholder workshops and currently priorities are being identified and working groups established to implement management actions.

Working with DFES, DPaW, Aboriginal groups and pastoralists, fire management in the region is being undertaken aiming to imporve fire regimes, and coordinate management across tenures through implementation of a fire management plan for the Fortescue catchment.

Twelve Environmentally Sustainable Rangelands Management (ESRM) plans have been completed on pastoral properties.

Weed management has been coordinated with the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee working with pastoral stations, mining companies and indigenous rangers. This has included land management training for the Ngurrawaana Rangers.

Working with the Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group, Pastoralists, DAFWA and DPaW, feral herbivores are being managed using radio telemetry collar technology. “Judas” animals with collars are allowing feral populations of donkeys to be located and managed using aerial culling on 2.6 million hectares.

Funding was provided to a UWA PhD student to contribute to advanced knowledge on freshwater ecosystems.


The Pilbara Corridors Project is funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Biodiversity Fund, which is now managed through the National Landcare Programme.


Grey Mackay