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Bardi Jawi

The Bardi Jawi Rangers are based at Ardyaloon, One Arm Point, on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley Region. The aim of the Ranger Service, established in 2006, is to manage Bardi and Jawi land and sea country in such a way as to sustain traditional owners’ livelihoods and connection to country.

Managing over 250km of coastline and 340ha of land, the Bardi Jawi Rangers carry out dugongs and turtle management activities, traditional ecological knowledge recording and collaborative research amongst other cultural and natural resource management activities. 

In 2007 this ranger group received Commonwealth funding as part of the Working on Country program - an important step that strengthened the group and improved employment. The group now has eight full-time Rangers, and in 2008 won the prestigious Banksia Environment Award.