Toogimbie Indigenous Protected Area
New South Wales | Declared in March 2004
Our vision is to protect and enhance our culture and history,
while encouraging and protecting the natural environment and conserving biodiversity.
Nari Nari Tribal Council
Toogimbie Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was declared in March 2004. It covers around 4,600 hectares, and is owned and managed by the Nari Nari Tribal Council.
(Top) Toogimbie Homestead. (Bottom) Entrance to Toogimbie IPA.
Situated north of the famous Hay Plain, the Toogimbie landscape includes flat former pasture lands contrasting with eucalypt-lined creeks and waterways, and a nearby floodplain. The traditional life of the Nari Nari people revolves around Toogimbie's wetlands, which are home to totem animals and traditional medicines.
Much of the cultural history of the local Indigenous people was lost upon assimilation into European society. IPA activities are protecting the scarred trees, campsites and burial mounds found on Toogimbie, as well as helping reconnect the people to their land. Toogimbie IPA represents both a visual and spiritual link between the health of the land, its water systems and its people.
The local ecosystem and wildlife habitats have been affected by former farming practices, and by timbercutting along waterways. As a result, the Toogimbie wetlands are environmentally degraded and fragile, and are the main focus of land management activities. Managed intervention by the Tribal Council supports the recovery of the land, and is helping to ensure a sustainable future for both the Nari Nari and their environment.
IPA funded activities include improving wetland inundation, replanting vegetation, and controlling weeds and feral animals like foxes, rabbits and pigs. Areas that have been fenced to keep stock and feral animals out are showing improvements in the level of cover and in environmental health. The Tribal Council aims to continue timber harvesting using sustainable methods, for community use. The location and details of important cultural sites are also being recorded. These sites are being protected by removing stock from the area, controlling visitor access and revegetating the sites to repair the feral animal damage.
Overall revegetation works are another major IPA activity. In 2005 alone, 2.5 kilograms of local seed was collected, 8,500 seedlings were planted, 8,000 clay seed balls distributed and 4,000 plants propagated. The Tribal Council has also erected bird hides in the wetlands, and constructed a bush tucker garden to improve community access to native foods and medicinal plants.
Toogimbie IPA is managed in line with International Union for Conservation of Nature Category IV - Habitat/Species Management Area: Protected Area managed mainly for conservation through management intervention.