Stone Country Firefight

A recent dry electrical storm rolled over the stone country in the upper reaches of the Katherine River on Jawoyn Arnhem Land adjacent to Kakadu. 3 fires where ignited and on very short notice Jawoyn rangers mounted a helicopter to assess the situation. It was pretty serious with a lot of room for a wildfire to travel including important cultural sites and habitat in its path. A Jawoyn ranger ground crew was musted up and a support team from our Warddekan Rangers to the north joined in as the fires were on our boundaries.

An 8 day campaign followed with over 20 rangers from two team teams dealing with 3 wildfires in very tricky country. Helicopters where the only to reach the fires from the base camp at Sleisbeck with Kakadu on the Katherine River. The rangers worked continuously in the daylight hours and finally got around the wildfires and contained all three. This was a triumphant effort as this was the most challenging campaign that our rangers had tackled. Now thanks to the rains we can unwind for the season.

Meeting Season

Jawoyn rangers have help host a few meetings of late including a welcoming dinner at low level for visiting indigenous artists from Footscray community arts. The Western Arnhem Land Fire Abatement AGM was held at Nitmiluk and soon we are to go to Buymarr on Blue Mud Bay for the end of season fire meeting. Rangers attended an ópen standards’ conservation planning workshop held in Kakadu with attendants from all over Australia and some from abroad. This workshop gave us a great headstart with the Jawoyn 5+year Haelthy Country Plan.

Fire, weeds and ferals.

The last few months Jawoyn Rangers have been busy with wild fires including at Yinberrie Hills, adjacent to Nitmiluk and the Gimbat Creek stone country with some great battles and success. Finally some rain is falling and we hoping to end of 2016 campaign. Weeds are starting to sprout and rangers have been dealing with bellyache bush in the Wandie area and with gamba that has jumped from CDU to the Jawoyn Barnjarn area.