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Yanyuwa people in Australia welcome Indigenous Protected Area by Steven Schubert May 18,2012   |  Source: ABC

The people of the Borroloola region in Australia are celebrating the announcement of an Indigenous Protected Area for some of their traditional land.

The Federal Government has made protected 130,000 hectares of land in the decision.

The Borroloola-based Lianthawirriyarra Sea Rangers will be responsible for managing the land.

Senior ranger Graham Friday says it's an important decision for the area's traditional owners.

"It will be good for the rangers to protect and look after our own country," he says.

And with so much more land to manage, it could be an economic win for Borroloola too.

"We're looking at putting on more ranger in the future. It will create more jobs for the young Indigenous rangers."

Mr Friday is also a traditional owner for some of the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

"I'm really proud of it because we've got good control over the land now. We're the right mob of people to control out land.

"We can teach our next generation. We're really proud of it."

The director of Indigenous Protected Areas for the Federal Environment Department Bruce Rose says the IPA means the land will now become part of the national reserve system.

"It's recognised by the NT and Australian Government as an area of privately


© 2012 ABC

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