Collaboration to protect biodiversity on Martu country


The Throssell Coordinating Group is bringing together representatives of entities involved in land management on Martu country in Western Australia’s Western Desert region.

Named after a low mountain range system in the northwest of the Martu Lands, the group, chaired by Rangelands NRM, meets several times a year to share land management experiences, discuss training and employment opportunities, and align activities for biodiversity management and protection.

Playing a central role in the Throssell Group is Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), a Martu organisation that supports Martu to look after Martu culture and country and helps build sustainable Martu communities.

Other parties in the group include the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (Parks and Wildlife) and mining companies Aditya Birla Minerals (operating the Birla Nifty copper mine), Newcrest Mining (Telfer copper and gold mine) and Cameco (proposed Kintyre mine).  

Threatened species protection, fire management and Bilby and cat research were among the topics covered at the group’s recent meeting, as well as how to share resources.

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