A big area of South Australia’s far north-west has been declared an Indigenous Protected Area to help protect the endangered black-footed rock wallaby.
The Federal Government has declared the section of the Aboriginal Lands using international guidelines.
Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett says it protects a diverse region of both mountains, with the Tomkinson and Mann ranges, and rolling sand dunes further south.
“Today’s declaration creates a significant conservation corridor of more than 12 million hectares across state borders,” he said.
The 580,000 hectares will be managed by Aboriginal people under a formal plan listed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Community leader Kenneth Ken says the plan will provide jobs for local Aboriginal people.
“Young people do school in Adelaide, but they need something when back in the country,” he said.