Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Wunggurr Rangers
The Wunggurr rangers are involved in
management of their lands in cooperation
with the Department of Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is strongly committed to involving Aboriginal people in managing land and sea country through joint management arrangements, as well as in making decisions and being involved in the planning and implementation of land management activities in parks and other conservation reserves.

The Conservation and Land Management (CALM) Act has been amended to:

  • enable Parks and Wildlife to enter into voluntary agreements to jointly or solely manage private land, pastoral lease land or other government land that is above the low water mark
  • enable joint management of lands and waters vested in or under the care, control and management of the Conservation Commission of Western Australia or the Marine Parks and Reserves Authority under the CALM Act, on approval from the Minister for Environment
  • facilitate greater involvement of Aboriginal people in the management of land for conservation by recognising the connection Aboriginal people have with land
  • allow lands to be managed for conservation, recreation and other purposes without changing the tenure or purpose of that land.

The department jointly manages conservation reserves in and around Kununurra, Broome and Derby with the Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation, Yawuru native title holders and the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation respectively.