Our country is in the Western Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory, Australia. The area of our clan estates are in the region of the East Alligator River and includes parts of the northern regions of Kakadu National Park and then across the river onto the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust lands.
Unlike many other Aboriginal ranger programs, the area for Njanjma Rangers work is not set by defined boundaries. We operate with regard to traditional clan estates of our members and focus on sites that are identified as high priority for natural and cultural heritage.
Our lands, which straddle the East Alligator River are the ‘gateway’ to Arnhem Land and are important in the management of fire and weeds adjacent to the World Heritage Area.
Our lands contain important cultural places, plants and animals that must be looked after in Binninj way for our country and culture to be healthy. Our lands are internationally renowned for the spectacular landscapes formed by the meeting of stone country and wetlands. This stone country holds thousand of rock art soites, which are culturally significant for our people, and are also very popular among local and international tourists.
Our country is geologically and biologically diverse. For Bininj we have names for many different types of country, what Balanda (non-Aboriginal people) call ‘habitats’. Some of the different parts of country we manage as Njanjma Rangers include: