The project entitled ‘Protecting cultural assets and traditional knowledge in the Burringurrah (Mt Augustus) complex’, officially started at the end of 2019 with YMAC’s involvement ending in early 2022.
It was supported through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA) ‘Aboriginal Ranger Program’ funding initiative. Meenangu Wajarri Aboriginal Corporation (MWAC), and then its successor Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation (WYAC), was the project’s lead organisation with YMAC delivering services to implement the work plan.
Several field trips and workshops were organised in 2020-2021, enabling a first assessment of significant cultural sites and key threatening processes, complemented by a thorough desktop review based on information available to YMAC. Reports on cultural sites and Traditional Ecological Knowledge were produced during that time.
In collaboration with the Wajarri Traditional Owners, and with financial support from Country Needs People, YMAC has facilitated a consultation process around the potential to create an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in the Burringurrah complex. A final document, entitled ‘Burringurrah Indigenous Protected Area. A proposal for a new IPA in Western Australia’, was produced in early 2023.