A signing ceremony today at the Wala Wala waterhole near the Kiwirrkurra community in Western Australia has marked the area as an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).
The IPA will promote biodiversity and cultural resource conservation as part of the National Reserve System while creating economic, educational, health and wellbeing benefits for Pintupi people.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the declaration of the over 4 million hectare slice of the Central Desert to be cared for under the IPA through a combination of traditional and contemporary land management practices.
“I congratulate the Kiwirrkurra native title holders, represented by the Tjamu Tjamu Aboriginal Corporation, on becoming the 61st group in Australia to declare an IPA,” Minister Scullion said.
“Through this IPA the Australian Government partners with the traditional owners of one of our most remote locations to preserve the land for future generations.
“The ancient knowledge of the Pintupi people is invaluable in protecting their natural and cultural values. Western science and management techniques will support them in the big job of caring for the biodiversity and cultural resources.
“The IPA supports the transfer of knowledge between generations of Pintupi people by recording, promoting and using the cultural ways of managing the land.
“Jobs and training will be created through the Kiwirrkurra Ranger group, and local people will be engaged to teach school children and visitors about caring for country.
“The many endangered species that call the area home will be monitored and protected.
“The IPA will be implemented through ongoing partnership between the Pintupi traditional owners and the Australian Government to keep their country and culture strong.”
The Australian Government is providing $1,581,500 to Central Desert Native Title Services over five years to work with Tjamu Tjamu native title holders to implement the Kiwirrkurra IPA Plan of Management.
This will include biodiversity surveys, protection of cultural sites, fire management, feral animal control and weed management activities that will be undertaken by the local ranger group.
The Kiwirrkurra IPA adds 3.6 per cent to Australia’s National Reserve System and continues a corridor of IPAs across the desert regions of Australia.
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2014-09-10 MR – SCULLION – Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area.pdf