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TDC Rangers – Thamarrurr Development Corporation
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Thamarrurr Rangers


Thamarrurr Rangers was established in 2001 by the Traditional Owners of the Thamarrurr Region, who sought to actively address land and sea management issues. It has grown from humble beginnings through CDEP (Community Development and Employment Programs), to a well-resourced program through WoC, NTG contracts and ‘fee for service’ agreements.

Thamarrurr Rangers are an important part of Thamarrurr Development Corporation, employing 17+ local Indigenous staff and 4 non-Indigenous support staff, and actively engaging with Traditional Owners and Community members in natural and cultural resource management. The Rangers work across 18,000 km2 of Country and 240 km of coastline from Cape Scott in the north-east to the Fitzmaurice River in the south, and are the only sea country ranger group working west of Daly River across to the NT/WA border.  

Our Rangers specialise in the following tasks:
  • Managing significant weed problems, especially mimosa on floodplains, mission grass in disturbed areas and rubber bush in coastal dunes;
  • Fire management, including regional scale planning with key stakeholders, localised planning with Landowners and ensuring protection of cultural areas, clearing fuel loads and slashing, back burning around assets and outstations, facilitating aerial and on-ground burning in the early dry season;
  • Weekly sea patrols to monitor fishing activity, and report any suspicious / illegal activity.  Sea Rangers conduct joint operations with Water Police, NT Fisheries and Customs.  Rangers are also involved in Fisheries research on fish stocks and improving our skills through training in Fisheries Compliance and Enforcement;
  • Support surveys of marine species, including turtles, dolphins, dugongs and other indicator species.  We also monitor nesting beaches for turtles;
  • Monitor visitor activity in the Region, and promote the use of NLC permit system to ensure the rights of Traditional Owners are respected;
  • Monitor the impact of feral animals in the Region, and undertake aerial and on-ground culls of feral pigs;
  • Monitor biosecurity threats through mapping of exotic food species, community animal health surveys and taking blood/tissue samples of feral animals;

  • Support cultural activities and knowledge transfer, including trips with senior people and children. Support kids and elders accessing country during school holiday periods;
  • Work with Ranger cadets at school to provide learning experience on the job and on country, and teach the importance of protecting culture and country to next generation;
  • Survey, document and protect cultural sites in the Region;
  • Work with Traditional Owners to manage the Marri Jabin IPA;
  • Support wild harvest of bush foods, medicines and handicraft species, as well as documentation of this knowledge;
  • Manage a Community Nursery, including collection and propagation of native plant species;
  • Support health work in doing trips onto country with mental health clients at the clinic and also providing fish or bush meat to aged care facility;
  • Undertake regular collection and documentation of ghost nets and other marine debris;
  • Facilitate a Community recycling program to reduce litter and raise Community awareness;