Banjima Country Management
Established in 2017, Banjima Country Management (BCM) and our Banjima Rangers are dedicated to caring for Banjima’s traditional Country through a series of projects focused on community development, traditional knowledge, culture, and conservation. Our caring for country work is done in direct consultation with Banjima Elders and is guided by the Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan — Banjima’s vision for country and culture.
BCM is fully funded by the Banjima community and administered by BNTAC.
About Banjima Country
Banjima country spans more than 1 million hectares of land in the central Pilbara region of Western Australia. BCM is the main tool for BNTAC to professionally manage Banjima country, work in partnerships, and meet Banjima community aspirations and expectations as set out in the Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan.
To Banjima people, all Banjima country is important, and comprises a range of valued elements: the animals and plants; the landscape; the water; and the connection to culture. All these things have great cultural and spiritual importance, and Banjima people have stories about many of these that help their conservation and understanding.
Banjima, as with many other language group across Australia, have an intimate understanding of their country: "With knowledge handed down, Banjima know the seasons, the water flows, animals and the plants" (Alec Tucker, Banjima Elder).
The Pilbara biogeographic region has a wealth of biodiversity and other environmental values, evidenced by its diverse range of terrestrial, aquatic and marine landscapes, numerous flora and fauna species and communities, nationally listed wetlands, and ecological features endemic to the region. In addition to being one of 15 biodiversity hotspots in Australia, the region is also one of Australia’s development hotspots and is of substantial economic importance to Western Australia and Australia.
About the Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan
Created by the Banjima People, the Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan outlines a shared vision that protects Banjima country and culture, and connects Banjima People to traditional lore and language.
The strategic plan addresses significant conservation values including the Mangurrdu (Fortescue River and flood Plain), Karijini and Birdirrla Ranges (Chichester Ranges) Wirlawali Creek and cultural values important to Banjima that help the community to look after country. It identifies Banjima’s key targets, the management issues that threaten the targets and the projects (below) that will restore and protect Banjima country.
- Banjima capacity development
- Fire management
- Surveys and monitoring
- Feral herbivore management
- Water protection
- Feral predator management
- Cultural heritage program
- Mine activity engagement
- Access management
- Weed management
Banjima people invite partners to join them to support their vision and work with the community to deliver their Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan projects. BCM supports ranger employment initiatives and on ground activities carried out by the Banjima Ranger Program based in Tom Price.
If you would like to find out more, please contact our Banjima Ranger coordinator Zoey Lethbridge on (08) 9216 9888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.