Category: Angas Downs

Cybertracker on Angas Downs

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By , June 26, 2010 10:20 am

Cybertracker is software built for field monitoring and data capture that enables non-literate Indigenous trackers to collect spatial data such as wildlife tracking, location of environmental and infrastructure damage, feral animal control and cultural and historical sites. Observations can be entered with simple lists tailored using relevant information fields and species lists. It is used widely across Indigenous Ranger groups in Australia.

Australian Wildlife Services currently facilitate a Cybertracker program on Angas Downs, where the Angas Downs Indigenous Rangers implement wildlife and other information tracking using a TDS Nomad. The aims of implementing Cybertracker on Angas Downs IPA are to:

  • involve the Rangers in monitoring native and feral species on Angas Downs, including kuka (game) species
  • progress involvement in sustainable wildlife management
  • combine Indigenous knowledge with science to monitor environmental factors.

Australian Wildlife Services are able to tailor the Cybertracker program to suit any GPS unit containing Windows Mobile software for any purpose or area. See

Survey and fieldwork at Angas Downs

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By , May 28, 2010 4:32 pm

AWS has conducted five field trips to Angas Downs in the last year. Activities involved: training Indigenous Anangu Rangers to track and survey native animals, birds and sand tracks, landscape health assessment techniques such as Landscape Function Analysis, installation and monitoring of photo points and water quality monitoring. Aerial surveys for kangaroo and camel populations were conducted in June 2010 and pitfall trapping for smaller animals and reptiles is planned to occur later in 2010. Australian Wildlife Services understands the advantage of combining science and traditional knowledge to monitor and protect the landscape and wildlife. Listening to what Indigenous people want from their landscape is vital to this. A report summarising field work completed in 2009 has been compiled. Download the 2009 Angas Downs monitoring report Angas Downs Monitoring 2009 (1067 downloads)

See also Angas Downs Cybertracker, Reptile Surveys, LFA and Soil Carbon.

Tourism opportunities for Indigenous Communities in central Australia, Angas Downs

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By , May 28, 2010 4:26 pm

AWS has been providing advice and support in development of small scale, tourism ventures on Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) by members of the Imanpa community who own the property. Angas Downs is on the main road to Uluri National Park and Watarrka National Park and has many thousands of visitors cross it each week.

AWS has produced a set of posters to be displayed in the Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse on the Lasseter Hwy. They detail the IPA and management, the rich natural resources, ranger works, tourism enterprises, and pastoral and aboriginal histories. This resource provides information to tourists and local Anangu people from Imanpa about Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area.

Led by members of the Imanpa community, AWS has helped coordinate a few trial tour runs through the property including Rotary groups interested in culture, education and philanthropic activities overseas University Students interested in environmental and wildlife studies.
AWS particpated in a workshop called ‘Stepping Stones’ at the Imanpa community in May 2010 to help develop tourism on Angas Downs along the lines of tag along 4WD cultural/historical tours and student groups, using a similar structure to Anangu Tours at Uluru.

More details of Angas Downs IPA in Angas Downs IPA Plan of Management (1008 downloads)

Indigenous wildlife management – scientific research support

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By , May 20, 2010 11:34 am

In an opinion piece in the Journal Wildlife Research published in May 2010 AWS outlines how science could play a greater role in ensuring that Indigenous wildlife harvesting is sustainable. The paper discusses the role of Indigenous wildlife use in helping to address community health and employment challenges facing Indigenous Australians in remote and rural areas.
An abstract is available on the CSIRO website at   The full paper is available from our downloads – Indigenous wildlife management in Australia to enable sustainable use (599 downloads)

We are anticipate that the paper will lead to positive outcomes for Indigenous wildlife managers and a re-distribution of investments to what we hear Indigenous people saying is a high priority.

Declaration of Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area

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By , July 29, 2009 5:33 pm

Angas Downs is an Indigenous owned 3,200 sq km pastoral lease, located 300km SW of Alice Springs, NT and 135km from Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) The Traditional Owners of Angas Downs agreed to voluntarily declare the property an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The official declaration occurred on Wednesday, 10 June 2009. A press release was issued by the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Indigenous Health.[Not a valid template]

The Plan of Management for the Angas Downs IPA was prepared by the members of the community with support from Australian Wildlife Services. It draws on traditional land management practices and sets out priorities for scientists and wildlife managers to work with Indigenous owners. AWS continues to provide scientific support. Copies are available on our Publications page

The Imanpa Development Association Inc acknowledges the Australian Government Indigenous Protected Areas element of the Caring for our Country initiative delivered through the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Indigenous Rangers on Angas Downs are working with scientific support from AWS and funding from the Caring for our Country program to restore and better manage the property.

Indigenous Employment Program

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By , July 2, 2009 4:50 pm

AWS has been offered a position on the Economic Development and Business Panel of the Indigenous Employment Program.  An open tender process was conducted by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for membership of the panel.

The Panel allows organisations to be on a pre-qualified list of suppliers to provide quality services and innovative projects to help achieve employment outcomes and business development assistance for Indigenous Australians. The Employment Panel is available for a broad range of projects to equip employers and job seekers with the skills, knowledge and expertise in order to maximise sustainable employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

The Indigenous Employment Program funds projects on a rolling basis, with different projects each having their own start and end date.

In announcing the results of the tender the Government said that “the services provided through the  Panel will foster and support enterprises from their beginning and throughout their development. The Panels have been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow for good ideas to be funded as need arises.  The new panel arrangements will provide flexibility so that the Government can better work with Indigenous communities, organisations and individuals to deliver better projects and improved employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.”

Support for Indigenous Rural enterprises

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By , February 18, 2009 8:26 pm

Eight Indigenous workers have been employed as rangers on Angas Downs. They are providing environmental services to implement the Plan of management developed by AWS for the Indigenous Protected Area. the project is supported by Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Working on Country 2008/09 program, Ranger work includes:

  1. Restoring and reactivating 10 water sources in non-pastoral areas by cleaning out traditional wells and restoring bores and supply of water to native species and culturally significant sites. Solar pumps will be installed on some of the sites.
  2. Excluding feral animals such as camels and horses through construction of fences and gates to eliminate their access to 8 water sources.
  3. Implementing weed, feral animal and fire control programs, including traditional patch burning regimes.
  4. Collating records of kangaroo, emu and other wildlife seen on Angas Downs.
  5. Reintroducing threatened or significant wildlife, particularly emu.

AWS is working with Anangu to help coordinate the project and provide scientific and technical support. The Canberra Burley Griffin Rotary Club is sponsoring the acquisition of solar pumps to go on bores for wildlife.