Yirralka Rangers Bush Products

The Yirralka Rangers were formed in 2006 by a group of Yolngu Traditional Owners following the incorporation of a parcel of their traditional homelands into an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The rangers were tasked with the protection of land and sea country within the Laynhapuy IPA (see map, right). The word Yirralka describes the attachment relationship and responsibilities between Yolngu people and their country.

Currently there are around 40 Yolngu Rangers employed in both Dirramu (men’s) and Miyalk (women’s) groups to deliver environmental management services across the homelands. These services are delivered through a ‘both ways’ bicultural approach, integrating western skills and science with traditional Indigenous cultural and environmental knowledge.  

The Bush Product program began back in 2011, with the miyalk rangers using their knowledge of traditional Yolngu healing methods to utilise local native flora in a variety of personal care products. The native plants used include Nambarra (Melaleuca dealbata) to treat colds and flu, Gadayka (Eucalyptus tetrodonta) to treat skin rashes and irratations, and Butjiringaning (Litsea glutinose) to treat skin sores and muscle cramps.

Products include lip balms, body rub, bush body scrub and soaps. Preparation and production is carried out on the Laynhapuy homelands of North East Arnhem Land.

You can learn more about the Yirralka Ranger Program by visiting https://www.laynhapuy.com.au/services/yirralka-rangers-land-sea-management/