A good news story!
‘A Northern Territory cattle station is being turned into a conservation zone to be run by Indigenous traditional owners.
The 180,000 hectare Fish River Station, about 150 kilometres south of Darwin, is the first land in Australia to be bought specifically to hand back to traditional owners.
The land, which fronts the Daly River, was bought by environment groups in conjunction with the Federal Government and the Indigenous Land Council (ILC) for $13 million.
The Pew Environment Group and the Nature Conservancy organisation say the purchase and hand-back marks an exciting new model for nature conservation and Indigenous employment.
Fish River Station was formerly a cattle station but large areas of the property boast ecosystems that are virtually untouched.
The area is home to a number of threatened plant and animal species including the Northern Masked Owl, the Northern Quoll, Gouldian finch and freshwater sawfish.
Indigenous rangers will manage the land, which will form part of the Northern Territory’s eco-linked corridor that runs from South Australia to the Top End.’