In the Northern Territory

Traditional owners to manage conservation zone

By Allyson Horn
Posted July 10, 2012 ABC
Ten million hectares of central Australian desert is being declared an Indigenous protected area and will be the nation’s largest conservation zone.
PHOTO: Rangers will work to protect several threatened species like the great desert skink and the bilby, and attempt to control feral animals. (7:30 Report)
MAP: Kintore 0872

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-10/indigenous-conservation-deal-tanami-desert-land/4121176

See also:

Traditional owners to protect vast tract of central Australia
Wed 11 Jul 12, ABC
Allyson Horn

TONY EASTLEY: Ten million hectares of Aboriginal land in the Central Australian Desert – an area 30 per cent larger than Tasmania – has been declared a conservation zone. Now Aboriginal rangers will begin work to eradicate pests from the vast area and protect threatened animal species.
Allyson Horn reports (Traditional Aboriginal singing) ALLYSON HORN: These women are celebrating. (Traditional Aboriginal singing) Their land in the Central Australian desert has just been declared an Indigenous protected area. It’s now the largest area of conservation land in the country. The job of looking after the land has been given to Aboriginal traditional owners, like Eddie Robertson. EDDIE ROBERTSON: It’s an emotional day for me. We wanted this protected area to be done for maybe, lo…

to read the full story on your mobile please use this link
http://m.abc.net.au/browse?page=11144&articleid=3543216&cat=Indigenous

to read the full story on a PC or Mac please use this link
http://goo.gl/4dA91

Also the latest Australian Geographic:

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/tanami-desert-indigenous-reserve-bigger-than-tasmania.htm