Wunambal Gaambera endorses Wuudagu Environmental Scoping Document

Perth based group VBX Limited (VBX) have prepared and submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) a draft version of the Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) for the proposed Wuudagu bauxite project on Wunambal Gaambera Country in the North Kimberley region of Western Australia. The ESD sets out the content and timing of the Environmental Review …

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Prescribed burning benefits threatened mammals in northern Australia

Ian J. Radford, Leigh-Ann Woolley, Ben Corey, Tom Vigilante, Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation, Ed Hatherley, Richard Fairman, Karin Carnes & Antony N. Start  August 2020, Biodiversity and Conservation 29(7)DOI: 10.1007/s10531-020-02010-9 Despite substantial investment in prescribed burning for biodiversity conservation there has been surprisingly little demonstration of its efficacy in achieving intended conservation aims for fauna. In the case of northern Australia’s threatened mammal fauna, most studies …

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Regional Assessment of the Conservation Status of Snubfin Dolphins (Orcaella heinsohni) in the Kimberley Region, Western Australia

Phil J. Bouchet, Deborah Thiele, Sarah A. Marley, Kelly Waples, Frank Weisenberger, Balanggarra Rangers, Bardi Jawi Rangers, Dambimangari Rangers, Nyamba Buru Yawuru Rangers, Nyul Nyul Rangers, Uunguu Rangers and Holly RaudinoFrontiers in Marine Science, 21 January 2021Access the paper — DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.614852 Implementing conservation measures for data-limited species is a fundamental challenge for wildlife managers …

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Small mammal diversity is higher in infrequently compared with frequently burnt rainforest–savanna mosaics in the north Kimberley, Australia

Stefania Ondei, Lynda D. Prior, Hugh W. McGregor, Angela M. Reid, Chris N. Johnson, Tom Vigilante, Catherine Goonack, Desmond Williams and David M. J. S. Bowman 27 November 2020 — Wildlife ResearchAccess the paper — DOI: 10.1071/WR20010 Populations of native mammals are declining at an alarming rate in many parts of tropical northern Australia. Fire regimes …

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Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau) Visitation Study

n late 2019, WGAC conducted a Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau) Visitation and Impacts Study to understand how the visitor experience can be improved. 100% of stakeholders interviewed agreed that Nguawudu is critical for the overall Kimberley experience. The study also showed that people strongly believe Ngauwudu should be marketed as a cultural place as well as …

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Best fire results since early dry season fire program launched

Wunambal Gaambera Country in the North Kimberley records best fire results since early dry season fire program launched In 2019 Wunambal Gaambera recorded its best Yurrma (early dry season) fire result since our Right Way Fire program began in 2011. Only 7% of Wunambal Gaambera country was affected by late dry season wildfires. This was …

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Distribution and abundance of large herbivores in a northern Australian tropical savanna: A multi‐scale approach

March 2020 — Austral EcologyAngela M. Reid, Brett P. Murphy, Tom Vigilante, David M. J. S. Bowman Australian mammals have exhibited exceptionally high rates of decline since European settlement 230 years ago with much focus on small mammals in northern tropical savannas. In these systems, little scientific attention has been given to the suite of …

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