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Indigenous Protected Area - video

Anindilyakwa, Northern Territory

Spreading across the Groote Eyland Archipelago in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Anindilyakwa covers around 3,000 square kilometres of land surrounded by another 7,000 square kilometres of sea country. Anindilyakwa strikes a balance between protecting the land for conservation purposes and allowing for sustainable economic development and traditional resource use.


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Gavin Enever, Anindilyakwa IPA, NT
I'm the facilitator for the land and sea ranger program, so we look after all of the things dealing with the IPA, both on the land and throughout the bigger archipelago - all of the islands throughout Groote Eylandt.

We run a pretty comprehensive land and sea management program looking at everything from the Northern hopping mouse, doing the protection of the nesting turtles and we do a lot of sea patrol work as well - ghost nets and we do a lot of work for AQIS [Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service] and Quarantine and those types of Departments.

David Campbell, Anindilyakwa IPA, NT
We go about doing our business through the land and making sure everything's alright. We have a look at all the environment side of life. I love being a ranger. Everyday is a new thing for me.

Yeah, we just look out for these little potholes so we can identify it as a hopping mouse.

We've got a lot of animals here that live in the sand and we've got one that we're just interested in at the moment is the little hopping mouse. There's heaps around here and if we go about driving through their scrub we might chase them out of here or kill them. So we try to keep them on just the one track just to the beach.

What we're doing here is a thing called the board and chain. It just allows people to have better access to the beaches. Like tourists, when they come over they can easy tow their boats over this sort of stuff instead of getting bogged and it saves a lot of the sand dunes from getting corroded.