Six Ngadju members of the Malleefowl and Invasive Weed project recently met with the Martu ranger team to experience Martu management practices at the Carnarvon Range.
The Carnarvon Range is located four and a half hours north east of Wiluna and straddles the Canning Stock Route and is within the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).
The visit, which took place in July was led by Malleefowl and Invasive Weed Program ‘On Country’ Coordinator David Graham.
“I found the experience an eye opener and Martu showed us what we can do back on our country,” David said.
œSenior Martu Ranger Brad Wongawol led by example and the whole ranger team worked together as a team in everything they did, this was a real lesson for our young blokes, he said.
Martu Ranger Coordinator Mo Powero outlined the Martu journey with the group and pointed out that they have spent five years with limited funding to get to this stage. He encouraged Ngadju to persevere and the results will come.
“It was a very important experience and helped us better understand the logistics involved with remote conservation land management,” Ngadju Coordinator Les Schultz said.
I would like to express appreciation to Brad, Mo and the Martu team for their knowledge sharing and hospitality over the seven days and Peter Price from Gondwana Link for organising the trip.
Gondwana Link Program Manager Peter Price said the cultural and conservation land management exchange between the groups was very successful, and valuable experience was gained in scats and tracks surveying, cultural burning practices and cultural site management.
“We were impressed by the level of connection Martu have to their country, as was demonstrated through the leadership and management of their ranger program,” Mr Price said.
Gondwana Link’s Malleefowl and Invasive Weed Program which supports Norseman-based Ngadju in conservation land management, awareness, training and planning is sponsored by Rangelands NRM, Pew Charitable Trusts and Gondwana Link.
Image: Rangers Robert, David, Roderick, James, Eric and Les at sunset (©Peter Price)