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Yirralka Rangers

The Yirralka Ranger land and sea management program began in response to Wäŋa-wataŋu (senior traditional owners) desires to better manage their country and deal with threats to cultural and environmental values.
Laynha initiated the Yirralka Rangers program in 2003 and the Layhnapuy Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was declared in 2006. The IPA covers an area of 4,500 km² and 480 km of coastline, that includes savannah woodland, monsoon vine forest and a number of river systems that form large high value coastal floodplains. The stage two IPA will expand the area to over 17,000 km² , including 6,500 km² of sea country, and 800 kms of coastline.

Sea Country Management - monitoring fishing activities

The word Yirralka describes the attachment relationship and responsibilities between a Yolngu person and their country. Of approximately 50 staff, there are more than 45 Yolngu Rangers employed in both Dirramu (men’s) and Miyalk (women’s) groups to deliver environmental management services across the homelands. 

The core Ranger services are essential land and sea management activities, including: 
  • Managing weeds, fire and feral species
  • Managing visitors
  • Sea country management including removing marine debris, monitoring fishing activities, and marine biodiversity research
  • Protecting cultural sites
  • Monitoring habitats and biodiversity 
  • Maintenance, conservation and restoration of habitats of vulnerable and endangered species
  • Operating bush plant nurseries 
  • Fostering intergenerational knowledge transfer – through programs such as Learning on Country
Chameleon Dragon - as part of Laynha IPA biodiversity survey

Yirralka Rangers

Office hours: 
Mon–Fri – 08:00-16:30
Location: 86 Galpu Rd Yirrkala
Address: PO Box 1546 Nhulunbuy NT 0881
Phone: 08 8939 1850

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