About the Wildlife Enterprise Centre
The Thamarrurr Wildlife Enterprise Centre aims to use the natural resources of the Thamarrurr region in a sustainable way to develop community run business enterprises. The business aim to genreate income and provide employment in a way that supports people to be on their own land and keep their culture strong. The enterprise centre is currently involved in the harvest and incubation of crocodile eggs, harvesting the fruit of mi marral, Terminalia ferdinandiana, (also known as Billygoat Plum), establishing ku thithay (native bees or "sugar bag") in hives as well as producing lipbalms and soaps.
Crocodile Egg CollectionWudapuli Billabong
For many years crocodile farmers have been harvesting eggs from the Thamarrurr Region. Traditional Owners desired greater involvement in the industry, to develop their skills in harvesting crocodile eggs, to undertake related employment, to obtain a greater share of the financial benefits and to be able to exert more control over egg collection. In 2009, the Thamarrurr Rangers established a training program for 15 local Indigenous men to advance their skills and capacity through participation in crocodile egg collection and incubation. This has been a very successful program with Rangers and Traditional Owners now harvesting eggs in the Thamarrurr region. Eggs will be incubated at the enterprise centre from 2011/12.
Mi Marral (Billygoat Plums) are a fruit that grow on a common local native tree and have been harvested and sold for the pharmaceutical industry as they contain exceptionally high levels of Vitamin C. Recent research has shown the fruit also have antibacterial and other health benifits (see Cock & Mohanty (2011) Evaluation of the antibacterial activity and toxicity of Terminalia ferdinandia fruit extracts. Pharmacognosy Journal. pp 72-79). There are large numbers of the trees growing in the Thamarrurr region and the fruit can be harvested in March/ April each year.
The Thamarrurr Rangers have been undertaking trials in harvesting of a native bee hives known as sugarbag as a potential business opportunity since 2009. This has involved harvesting native bee hives and placing them in boxes around Wadeye. The hives will be utilised for the production of honey and wax. Although the honey is highly sort after there are no large scale producers in the area. The wax produced is also in high demand as it is required for traditional craft products.
Products for Sale
The enterprise centre has a range of products for sale including lipbalm sticks and pots and gift cards painted by local artist and ranger Richard Parmbuk. Gift cards have a painting along with an explanation of the story the painting depicts and a breif biography of the artist. Contact the ranger officer for sales enquires.
Natural Lipbalm Pots and Sticks
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