Women's ranger program

The first permanent women's ranger team began in Parnngurr in 2014.  This team consists of six permanent positions, plus additional positions for women to work with the team on a casual basis.  Two casual teams operate out of Jigalong and Punmu communities.

The women’s program relies heavily on traditional ecological knowledge to undertake fauna monitoring.  The women follow a ‘track based’ monitoring methodology to locate threatened fauna species and Cybertracker software to record their location.  Species include: mankarr (bilby), mulyamiji (great desert skink) and langamarlu (mulgara).  Sensor cameras have also been used to record images and footage of threatened species. The women rangers are looking into the management of some of these sites using a combination of both Martu and contemporary ways. 

A short movie using images from a remote sensor placed outside a mankarr burrow captures some of the life of a mankarr in the desert.  Click here to watch the movie

Women also conduct waru (fire) work, water monitoring and assist with the yintakaja (waterhole) mapping program, kalyuku ninti (return to country) trips and taking school children out on to country.

My children join me on these trips and they learn from me about tracking and hunting. When we go out again they can show me. It is really important for children to come out as they can have a job when they finish school.
— Leah Robinson, Parnngurr ranger
This program is really important as a lot of elders and young people get involved in coming out on country and learning about the old ways and other Western ways.
— Ivy Bidu, Parnngurr community member