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Miyalk Bush Products

Since 2011, the Yirralka Miyalk Rangers have been developing a bush products enterprise consisting of the production of personal care products and essentials oils.

This has been made possible through the local knowledge of the Rangers and community members, and their involvement in various forms of training workshops with Aboriginal Bush Traders (ABT). The workshops have built skills in all aspects of bush product development, from product making, product development and researching to business management and marketing. This has given the Miyalk Rangers an opportunity to learn valuable skills in business development and sustainable use of their natural resources.

The Miyalk Rangers harvest specific plant species, fruit and seeds to make their bush products. Native plants have many varied uses, whether it be for cooking or art materials, as food, for body products or for medicinal purposes. Traditional knowledge determines how the plants are used and for what purpose.

The Yolngu seasonal calendar identifies when plants are ready to be harvested and other environmental indicators, such as the timing of various hunting seasons. These observations have led the Miyalk Rangers to record information about the various plants they harvest including plant communities and harvest times. The Yirralka Rangers are working with NAILSMA to assist in the collection of this information through the I-Tracker Program.

To date, the rangers have made and sold salt scrubs, soaps, bush rubs and lip balms at various festivals and markets across the NT including the GARMA Festival and Nhulunbuy and Darwin markets. 

For more information about purchasing products please call the Yirralka Rangers Office on 08 8939 1850.

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