The Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund team has been working with stakeholders including the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation, the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Water Corporation and Rio Tinto to identify a large area for establishment of a hub of coordinated fire management.
The area proposed so far includes the Millstream Chichester National Park and some areas of exclusive native title to the north of the park, Millstream Water Reserve and Yalleen Station. So far two projects have been proposed.
The first is a Yindjibarndi-led fire management program on their Country that builds on Aboriginal Ranger training and fire management workshops being delivered through the Pilbara Cultural Land Management Project (12 Traditional Owner groups in the Pilbara working together). The second project is the bringing together and co-ordination of fire practitioners and land managers, so that fire management plans can be coordinated across the broader landscape and be more resource-effective.
The projects are being developed with the objective of reducing wildfire (hot, large, frequent fires) over the area, which in turn is anticipated to promote healthier vegetation and habitat for species like greater bilby.
The business case is being finalised.