The Kimberley region of Western Australia covers 421,000 square kilometres. Aboriginal people make up almost half of the population and their cultures, traditions and languages are as diverse as the landscape itself.
Kimberley Traditional Owners continue to define themselves according to their cultural values and traditions which are inextricably tied to the land, the sea and the waters of the region. Traditional law, customs and languages are practised across the Kimberley.
The Kimberley is recognised globally as an area of immense natural beauty and scientific importance. It boasts a network of culturally significant sites including Dreaming pathways, ceremonial places, burial sites and rock engravings. Some of these sites are listed as being of national heritage significance.
It is also a region of vast climatic and physical contrasts that support thousands of plants and animal species, many of them highly restricted to specific habitat types within the region. Large plateaux, ancient reefs and ranges form complex catchments that feed monsoonal rains onto flood plains and vast inter tidal mud flats that are subjected to one of the largest tidal ranges in the world.
There are nine Working on Country ranger groups in the Kimberley, delivering land management plans for their traditional country which covers 210,081 square kilometres, or about 50% of the Kimberley region.
(Text from Working on Country funded projects - accessed 28 February 2012)
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