The Jajiwurra Ranger Program, a recent initiative of the Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation, is gaining momentum thanks to a generous donation from Mineral Resources. The donation comprises two four-wheel-drive vehicles which have played a vital role in the program’s successful launch. The Jajiwurra rangers have taken on the crucial responsibility of managing the land, conducting surveys of flora and fauna, and ensuring compliance across an expansive 16,000sq km of the Robe River Kuruma Country. This vast territory encompasses areas within the Shire of Ashburton, the vicinity of Pannawonica, and stretches along the Fortescue River and the Jajiwurra River in the western-most part of the Hamersley Range. The Robe River, also known as Jajiwurra, flows through the heart of Robe River Kuruma Country and holds significant cultural and environmental value for the community. Mineral Resources made a pivotal contribution to the program’s inception by donating the two vehicles, which enabled the recruitment of the first four rangers in August. RRKAC chief executive Anthony Galante said the establishment of the program was a long-held aspiration for the Robe River Kuruma people. “Development of a strong ranger program facilitates the maintenance of healthy country and healthy culture so that Robe River Kuruma people can continue to contribute to and enjoy cultural, social, environmental and economic outcomes of their lands and waters,” he said. MinRes general manager communities and heritage Heath Nelson said supporting Traditional Owners was an ongoing focus for the company.