The Crocodile Islands Rangers (CIR) manage the land and sea country of the Crocodile Islands, situated off the coast of north east Arnhem Land. The CIR program was established in 2011 from an initial donation of royalty funding from Senior Traditional Owner and 2012 Senior Australian of the Year, Laurie Baymarrwangga.
“Nhangu dhangany yuwalkthana Yolngu mitji marnggimana dhana mayili mana dhangany mana limalama ganatjirri marimba barathalayuma gurrku mana wanggalangga.”
“We will pass on the stories of our sea country for the benefit of a new generation to make it strong”.
(Our wonderful patron sadly passed peacefully away in August 2014. In recognition of her enormous contribution and dedication to this Ranger program, Baymarrwangga’s family have given us permission to continue to use her name and image on our website.)
The Crocodile Islands Rangers are based in Milingimbi and hosted by the Milingimbi & Outstations Progress Resource Association Inc (MOPRA). The program is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of Traditional Owners from the region.
The Rangers manage approximately 40,000 hectares of land, 200km of coastline and 6000km2 of sea country within Castlereagh Bay, a site recognised as being of international conservation significance due to the large aggregations of migratory shorebirds, large seabird colonies and important marine turtle nesting beaches. The ranger group has a diverse work plan that includes marine debris cleanups, weed and fire management, pest animal control and quarantine, cultural site management, sea country patrols and surveillance operations, biodiversity surveys, Indigenous knowledge transfer and community engagement.
Protecting the health of our land and sea country, providing meaningful jobs on country, working together with the community, sharing knowledge, and keeping our culture and language alive and strong.