Martu rangers install new signs
on the Canning Stock Route
Ranger teams have been out on the Canning Stock Route installing new well signs with the correct Martu name and spelling.
The Kunawarritji and Punmu rangers spent four days installing nine of these signs between Well 33 and Well 40 a total distance of 200km of the Stock Route. The Kunawarritji rangers were well supported by the Punmu rangers who drove across to help. It was really positive to see teams coming together, and the women involved and encouraged to install signs. The Punmu women installed two signs on their own: Lipuru (Well 37) and Kilkil (Well 36). It was the first time the rangers were involved in activities such as digging signage posts, using a spirit meter and setting concrete. For two of the younger Punmu women, it was also their first time working for KJ and being on that part of Martu country.
During the trip Martu elders shared their stories. The rangers learnt about the deaths of Martu pujiman (bushman) and whitefellas on the Canning Stock Route, interactions with drovers and stories of pujiman life.
The Parnngurr rangers installed a number of signs along their section of the Canning Stock Route and reported back on the positive interaction with tourists as permits were checked and evening meals shared around the camp fire.
All of the ranger teams will continue to work along the Canning Stock Route managing the country and sharing their stories with the tourists.