Working with Traditional Owners and Traditional Custodians
The Trust recognises the knowledge and skills of the indigenous peoples of the Great Victoria Desert, and will endeavour to involve Indigenous Rangers in land management and conservation activities that the Trust participates in and/or funds.
The Trust has been working with two Traditional Owner and Traditional Custodian groups as part of the (AMP) for the GVD – the Spinifex and Pilki People (represented by the Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation and the Spinifex Land Management team) and the Yilka People (represented by the Yilka Aboriginal Corporation and Central Desert Native Title Services). The AMP has produced an Adaptive Management Implementation Plan (AMIP) for the region following three workshops held over 2016 and 2017.
The Trust has also funded the Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation (PNAC), representing the Spinifex people, to undertake a Burn Rule and Biodiversity Mapping Project on Spinifex country, to create ‘right-way fire rules’ to protect important biodiversity and cultural sites during future fire implementation projects. The Spinifex Rangers recently won the for following traditional Pila Nguru Anangu (Spinifex people) land care practices and innovative approaches to more recent environmental threats.
The Trust also engaged a PNAC representative as one of a number of key stakeholders and experts to input knowledge and advice to detect malleefowl mounds using remote sensing (LiiDAR), undertaken for the Trust by Gaia Resources.