Punkulyi through to Karlamilyi, Parnngurr ranger teams back out on country
For the first few weeks of the 2016 season, Parnngurr rangers have been visiting local rockholes and soaks within a day’s drive to observe water levels, monitor water quality after the summer rains and introduce the new Ranger coordinators, Ray and Tina to Martu country.
The first two field days were combined men and women ranger teams totaling 32 rangers plus the new ranger coordinators and “map man”, KJ’s GIS officer, Mark D Lima.
The mixed teams visited seven different locations from Punkulyi (McKay ranges) through to Karlamilyi. Places included Yulpu soak, Muljurr, Tapurr, Parnngurr Rockhole, Pimurlu, Kurta Kurta all under the direction of the attending elder rangers. Both men and women rangers took turns to dig out and clean up soaks and rockholes, scrambled over rocky embankments, ascended rock faces and swam in the river to cool off from the heat.
The elder rangers continuously shared stories, knowledge and history to new and young rangers as well as the new ranger coordinators. It has been a wonderful start to the season, and Martu rangers appear happy to be out once again exploring, learning and sharing their knowledge of their country.