AWC works closely with local indigenous communities around Australia. Engaging local indigenous rangers for specific projects such as fire management and biological surveys delivers operational benefits to AWC and socio-economic benefits for local communities.
In 2012, AWC entered into a historic partnership with the Yulmbu community in the Kimberley. As part of the project, Yulmbu are subleasing their land (Tableland Station) to AWC for more than 45 years. The benefits to Yulmbu are significant: they receive an annual income (the sublease payments), training and employment in the delivery of land management programs, infrastructure improvements and a modest, sustainable cattle operation. It is also set to deliver significant benefits to conservation. Located adjacent to Mornington and Marion Downs, both owned by AWC, the establishment of the Tableland Wildlife Sanctuary will create a contiguous protected area covering 888,000 hectares (nearly 2.2 million acres) of the central Kimberley. It will increase the protection of threatened species – such as the Gouldian Finch and the Northern Quoll – as well as protect the upper catchment of several iconic Kimberley rivers.
This is the first partnership of its kind between an indigenous community and a non-government conservation organisation.
Please make a tax deductible donation to help our indigenous rangers in the field.
$25 will help engage indigenous ranger groups for projects including biological surveys and fire management.
To find out more, please visit www.australianwildlife.org.