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DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service's Leigh Sage with the Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers

Mitigating against bushfire in two remote indigenous communities​

5 December 2017​​

In 2013, the Punmu and Parnngurr communities – located within the Pilbara's Karlamilyi National Park – were threatened by bushfire.  At that time, neither the Parnngurr nor Punmu communities had a Bushfire Risk Management Plan (BRMP) and were generally unprepared for the threat of bushfires.


In 2015, the Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA)​ were successful in securing funding as part of the 2015 Natural Disaster Resilience Program's (NDRP) funding round to address this challenge. 

DBCA initiated the projects aimed to engage stakeholders (including local government and community leaders) across the Parnngurr or Punmu communities​​ to develop and implement Bushfire Risk Management Plans (BRMP)​, and train local rangers, the Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers, in how to deliver these mitigation strategies. ​


The KJ Rang​​​er Coordinator with th​e Parnngurr Rangers and DBCA’s Leigh Sage discussing planning and training exercises​​


DBCA's Leigh Sage with the KJ Rangers


​Trackside burning as part of the on-ground mitigation operations


Fuel reduction around the Parnngurr community's power plant


Fuel reduction burns underway in the Punmu community​

The projects were completed in August 2017 and were a great success enabling the Parnngurr and Pummu communities to be more resilient from bushfires.​

Both communities have completed their BRMPs and regularly undertake treatments such as fuel reduction burns, fuel removal and fire break maintenance. The transfer of knowledge and techniques to the local rangers for bushfire mitigation enables local protection of these remote and rugged communities both now and into the future.​​​

Thank you to the Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers for the use of the above images.