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Indigenous people from the Tanami Desert in Central Australia recently celebrated after the Federal Government signed off on a conservation area the size of Portugal to be cared for by Indigenous rangers.
At a ceremony last week (11 July 2012) in the remote outback location of Sangsters Bore, about 600km northwest of Alice Springs, dozens of traditional owners were on hand to welcome the move.
'When we look after the land, it is what our dreaming is,' said Eddie Jampijinpa Robertson, a Warlpiri Elder from Yuendumu.
The 101,500 sq km Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) forms part of the Trans-Australia Eco-link corridor and stretches from Arnhem Land to the Great Australian Bight, more than 3500km away.
The new conservation zone is the largest single land area ever dedicated to conservation in Australia and stretches from deserts to subtropical savannahs.
The IPA means Indigenous people will have more say in how the land is cared for, culturally and environmentally.