Federal Government Invests in Indigenous Protected Areas in Western Australia

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Federal Government Invests in Indigenous Protected Areas in Western Australia

The recent announcement from the federal government unveiled plans to inject $14.6 million into establishing 12 new Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) across Australia, with a particular emphasis on supporting traditional owners in Western Australia. This investment signifies a significant step towards empowering Indigenous communities such as the Yindjibarndi, Nyamal, and Wudjari groups to actively manage their land and sea country, ultimately aiming to safeguard threatened species, manage feral animals, and protect cultural heritage.

Among the newly declared IPAs, Yindjibarndi Country near Roebourne, Nyamal Country near Marble Bar in the Pilbara, and Wudjari Country near Esperance on Western Australia's South Coast are set to benefit from this government support. The move has been welcomed by Michael Woodley, the CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, who sees it as an opportunity to revitalize the land, protect cultural heritage, and create long-term partnerships with non-Indigenous allies who share similar environmental conservation values. Woodley highlighted the urgency to restore flora and fauna on the land through the efforts of Indigenous rangers working in these newly proclaimed protected areas.