Established in 2017 Banjima Country Management (BCM) is fully funded by the Banjima community and administered by the Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (BNTAC). BCM’s role is to lead and manage the Banjima Yurlulubaju (‘Lands of the Banjima’) Strategic Plan in consultation with the Banjima Elders.
Banjima country comprises more than 1 million hectares of land and is situated in the central Pilbara region of Western Australia. BCM is the primary instrument for BNTAC to professionally manage country and culture, work in partnerships and meet Banjima community aspirations and expectations as set out in the plan. BCM supports ranger employment initiatives and on ground activities carried out by the Banjima Ranger Program based in Tom Price.
Prepared by the Banjima People, the strategic plan outlines a shared vision that protects country and culture, and connects Banjima People to traditional lore and language: Banjima Country is a model for language, cultural lore, land and water management, demonstrating successful methods of cultural restoration and land management in Manggurdu and floodplain, Wirlawali Creek, Karijini and Birdirrla Ranges to increase population viability of native species and their habitats by Banjima people in partnership with other organisations, corporations and agencies.
To Banjima people, all Banjima country is important, and there are lots of things about country that are valued: 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 things that help in understanding and keeping them healthy. They 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.
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. If you would like to find out more, please contact Country Manager, Bill Cuthbert on 0430 511 799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.