Country, Culture, People, Future


The Nyangumarta ranger and Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) program was established in 2015.

It is hosted by Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, with support from YMAC.

The ranger program is now in a consolidation phase, displaying the full range of functions and skills of an Indigenous ranger group: fire management, feral animal control, fauna & flora monitoring, weed management, water monitoring, cultural heritage protection, collection and transfer of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and tourism development.

The Nyangumarta program is financially supported by the Commonwealth (Indigenous Advancement Strategy and Indigenous Protected Area program). It also receives funding from the 10 Deserts project, an initiative supported by the BHP Foundation through Desert Support Services.

The fee-for-service portfolio of the Nyangumarta rangers is continuing to grow, with the income generated directly added back into the program; this enables more people to be employed and more on-Country activities to be conducted. Organisations using ranger services have so far included State agencies (Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Department of Water and Environmental Regulation), the Commonwealth (Department of Agriculture), private environmental consulting firms, and resources companies.