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Healthy Approach to Country

Next year Wintawari Guruma Healthy Country Project will be launched. A partnership with Conservation Management has been established to produce a healthy country plan that creates a shared Guruma vision and supports people getting onto and looking after country.
This project will help to decide future jobs on-country. Typical skilled ranger jobs involve field-based activities such as fire management, weed control, feral animal controls, bush tucker, cultural heritage protection, surveys, monitoring and working in partnerships. Keeping alive the Guruma elders knowledge and supporting the community access country and create jobs with training opportunities will be major focus of this partnership project.
A Guruma Working Group has been formed to work with Conservation Management. It held its first meeting in Karratha recently to discuss how we can develop the healthy country plan together. Community meetings and return-to-country field trips are being planned for 2016 to give the community a chance to get involved. Please get involved and have your say in future developments, future investments and future capacity for Guruma people to support healthy country. The Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation has approved the initial project phase to complete the plan in 2016.
The Wintawari Guruma Healthy Country Project will run for several years as Guruma partners with organisations, agencies and others who will support healthy country outcomes. Establishing a future Guruma organisation that provides ranger jobs will take time, but with a healthy country plan now being developed this is an exciting time for the Guruma people to help shape the future.

The Eastern Guruma People hold native title rights over around 6,500 sq km of land in the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia. On this land are many highly significant Aboriginal heritage areas. 

Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation is the official company of the Eastern Guruma People which handles their native title rights. Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation is a viable, active, autonomous Aboriginal corporation. Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation protects the heritage of the Eastern Guruma People’s land, and preserves country for the benefit of all Eastern Guruma People. 

Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation is not associated in any way whatsoever with the company calling itself “Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd”. Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation does not approve of the activities of the company calling itself “Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd”. Further the “Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd” company is using that name against the wishes of the vast majority of Eastern Guruma people.