Ngurrawaana Rangers progress with work On Country

The Ngurrawaana Rangers are undertaking fee-for-service contracts in the coming months to further tackle Weeds of National Significance in the Fortescue River region.

Kingsley Woodley and Ricky Smith at the site of a successful past season treatment of Parkinsonia, Fortescue River (Credit - Ian Cotton)

Kingsley Woodley and Ricky Smith at the site of a successful past season treatment of Parkinsonia, Fortescue River (Credit – Ian Cotton)

The work to control Parkinsonia aims to continue to reduce threats to biodiversity and is a great opportunity to increase Indigenous engagement on Country.

Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton was invited to visit the Ngurrawaana Community in December to see the progress of work so far to manage Parkinsonia.

“It was good to see the success of the Parkinsonia weed treatment by the rangers and to be shown the invasive nature of Kapok and ruby dock along rail lines and metal roads which the rangers as part of their wider emerging weeds program will treat,” he said.

Mr Cotton said Ricky and Rosemary Smith, Elders of the community kindly provided a wealth of information and with Kingsley Woodley, Ngurrawaana Ranger Coordinator and Phil Davidson, Yindjibarndi Cultural and heritage General Manager guided the group across country.

“It was great to hear about progress on their Ecologically Sustainable Rangelands Management (ESRM) plan and to discuss future opportunities,” he said.

The visit was also an opportunity to learn about the activities they have been engaged in relation to training towards conservation land management to increase the Ranger team skill sets.