Posted: May 28th, 2018
The Nyangumarta Rangers and Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) celebrated the official opening of their office space in Broome on Thursday 24 May. The event also highlighted the Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) – a land and sea management initiative – and the activities undertaken by the Nyangumarta Rangers over the last three years.
Since the Nyangumarta IPA dedication in July 2015, the funding available for this program has increased ten-fold, mainly thanks to Federal funding through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and the national IPA program. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, also recently announced a three year funding extension for Indigenous Rangers from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2021.
YMAC Chief Executive Officer, Simon Hawkins said “it’s great to see the Government continuing to support Indigenous Ranger Programs such as the Nyangumarta IPA. Involving Traditional Owners in the management of their land and sea country is important so the knowledge can be used to manage and care for natural and cultural assets, and be passed down to future generations.”
Nyangumarta Senior Cultural Advisor and Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation CEO Nyaparu Rose said “the program has not only generated employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, but it has also created a sense of community as we work together to care for our country. That’s why continued support from the government is important to ensure this program continues to reach its full potential.”
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