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Date posted: 3 February 2014
The recent declaration of the Yappala Properties Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is providing numerous benefits to the town of Yappala in South Australia.
With the declaration, three part-time Indigenous ranger positions have been created. The rangers will be based near Hawker in the Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. They will be responsible for fencing and feral animal control to protect the vulnerable yellow-footed rock-wallaby, and identifying and protecting important cultural heritage sites.
Deirdre McKenzie, from the Yappala community, said the three rangers were committed to their new jobs and keen to get started. 'They have got their licences and they are getting training. They have a chance to change their lives and be role models for the other young ones,' Ms McKenzie said.