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.


Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) Plan 2022–2032

Created through a process of consultation across Nyangumarta Country in WA’s northwest Pilbara and southwest Kimberly region in 2020 and 2021, the Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) Plan 2022–2032 builds on the previous IPA Plan of Management 2015–2020 which involved extensive consultations with the Nyangumarta community between 2010 and 2015.

Through 4 field trips over an 18-month period, the IPA plan drew from consultation and research conducted with Elders, rangers, cultural advisors and Nyangumarta community members to ensure as much information as possible was gained on how best to encapsulate the Nyangumarta values, practices, and beliefs regarding Culture and looking after Country.

The IPA plan is currently split into six values/categories:

  1. Marrngumili- Nyangumarta Law and Culture
  2. Yinta- Important Sites
  3. Governance and Partnerships
  4. Nyangumarta People and Pathways
  5. Pirra Country (Great Sandy Desert)
  6. Jurrar Country (80 Mile Beach)

The management plan is a living document that will be reviewed and updated when required.   The review process is through the MeRI framework, allowing a way to make change transparent on the management plan so progress can be tracked and adapted when necessary.

The  Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) Plan 2022–2032 can be viewed by clicking the image below.