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Nyangumarta rangers work to protect vegetation at 80 Mile Beach

The Nyangumarta Rangers have successfully completed installation of fencing at 80-Mile Beach in the Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Protected Area.

In partnership with Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation, YMAC’s Ranger Coordinator Todd Norwell brought together the Nyangumarta Rangers to fence the block.

The main funding partner for the project was the Indigenous Land Corporation, with additional support received from the Commonwealth Indigenous Protected Area program, BHP Billiton and Rangelands NRM through Greening Australia, Wallal Downs Station and the Community Development Program. 

The project was planned some time ago, with the hopes of protecting the 1.2km-long block from unauthorised campers. The Rangers also hope the fencing will protect the vegetation from cattle which tend to wander through the area causing damage.

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This block of land along 80-Mile Beach has been chosen to host the Nyangumarta Warrarn Rangers when they are on-Country, and will become a cultural centre for the area in the future.

The site will also enable the Nyangumarta Rangers to access Country and begin land management activities. By securing the block of land which will become the hub for all future land management activities, the project will provide good opportunities for the Rangers to build skills and secure long-term employment. 

The Nyangumarta Rangers and Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation are proud supporters of the Country Needs People campaign. This article has been reprinted with permission from the YMAC newsletter.