A ceremony today at Tjitjingati, west of Uluru, has marked the dedication of over 5 million hectares of land surrounding Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park as the Katiti Petermann Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).
Katiti Petermann is Australia’s 70th IPA and completes a 48 million hectare protected area through NT, WA and SA – it’s now the biggest arid zone protected area in the world.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, congratulated the traditional owners, the Anangu people.
“The Katiti Petermann IPA means that a large part of Anangu country becomes protected under Australia’s conservation efforts while remaining in the hands of its traditional owners,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Government has supported the consultation and development of a management plan for the Katiti Petermann IPA.
“As looking after culture and country are inextricably linked, an IPA allows cultural heritage protection and land management work to be combined.
“An IPA secures the protection of sacred sites and threatened native species.
“The extensive dunefields, mountain ranges, spinifex country, rivers and salt lakes will be managed by Indigenous rangers and traditional owners. This will complement management of the adjacent Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and lead to local job opportunities and economic development.
“The IPA model is unique to Australia and combines protected area management with community development.
“This is a great day for all Australians as we continue to increase our National Reserve System while recognising its significance for traditional owners.”
The Government is supporting the implementation of this IPA, and three others in Central Australia, with funding of more than $7million over five years to the Central Land Council.
IPAs now make up 43 per cent of the National Reserve System.
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2015-10-01 Scullion MR – Katiti Petermann IPA.pdf