In 2015 a dedication ceremony was held to signifying the establishment of the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) for the Nyangumarta People. The IPA meant that Traditional Owners of the land entered into a voluntary agreement with the Australian government for the purposes of promoting biodiversity and cultural resource conservation.
The Nyangumarta IPA covers about 28,420 km² and will be managed by the Nyangumarta Rangers according to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) standards. This combines meaningful Aboriginal employment with the fulfilment of cultural obligations by Traditional Owners.
The day was marked with the signing of the official IPA certificate between the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation.
“As a Nyangumarta elder, I am very proud of this achievement for the Nyangumarta People. Having our IPA will allow us to maintain our significant sites, and look after our Country – from the desert to the sea.” – Nyaparu Rose, CEO, Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation