MLSU Strategic Plan



CEO Statement The purpose of the Strategic Plan

The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to guide the work of the Murujuga Land & Sea Unit (MLSU) through 2015-2017.It has moved from being a pilot project (2012-2013) into a Ranger Programme (2013-2014). The Strategic Plan will assist in developing a sustainable land and sea management unit.

The Strategic Plan will help to prioritise the efforts of the MLSU so that resources are used effectively and key outcomes are achieved.

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC), the Board, the Circle of Elders, and the Ngarda Ngarli community are proud of the work done by the Murujuga Ranger Programme and the preceding Pilot Ranger Project. MAC is determined that the MLSU will succeed in its objectives, and manage the land and sea country, its cultural and natural values for future generations.

The Dampier Archipelago and Murujuga are areas of special interest to Australia and the world. This significance is reflected in the National Heritage Listing and the proclamation of the Murujuga National Park. The Strategic Plan will also help governments, industry partners, and the wider community to understand how we work, and to work with us to protect the rock art, and the other cultural, natural, and marine values of the place.

Endorsement from the Circle of Elders

The Circle of Elders is proud of the work of the Murujuga Land and Sea Management Unit. The Circle of Elders dedicates this Strategic Plan to the People who cared for the country and to the memory of the young Ranger who was a pioneer for the Women Rangers at Murujuga. We want to see the young leaders coming through and everyone working for the good of the country and the people.

Cultural Governance – Role of the Circle of Elders

It was identified at the inception of the programme that a strong form of cultural governance would be required. This was conceived as the Murujuga Rangers Program Circle of Elders. The community embraced the Circle of Elders as the body for guidance around the cultural implications, risks, and opportunities associated with Ranger Activities and proposals. The Circle of Elders has proved effective in this role.

The Ranger team organises and supports the Circle of Elders Gatherings. The Rangers rebuilt the “Yatha”, a long established camp, as a quality, culturally appropriate, functional, and attractive meeting facility for the Circle of Elders and other gatherings on country. The Circle of Elders has so far provided guidance and ethical clearance processes on many issues including the formation of the Women’s Ranger Team, the progression of the Cultural Management Plan, several research proposals, and numerous other matters. The gatherings are efficiently organised, well structured, and have a clear program and agenda.


The MLSU will be the primary manager of Murujuga Land and Sea Country, including the Dampier Archipelago.

The Land and Sea Management Unit will have cultural governance through the Circle of Elders, and the staff, resources and capacities to manage and protect the cultural, natural and marine conservation areas in ways that have cultural integrity and are open to new learning and ways of working.

The MLSU will be sustainable and have productive relationships with stakeholders to help to identify, preserve, manage, and transmit the values of the place.


R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – Rock Art, Environment, Sea Country, People, Earth, Culture, Truth

Ngayintharri Gumawarni Ngurrangga – We’re all coming together on country

Warrgkamugardi Guma – Teamwork

Mirda Banthuru – Cultural Safety

Mirrnu Warnigu – Learning

Mayaga – Manga Buranhagugu Guma – Men and women looking out for each other

Mangurlabura – future generations

Jarda murndu julyu bura – Elders

Nyambalibura – strong leadership


The Mission of the MLSU is to protect the cultural, natural, and marine values of Murujuga, including the surrounding waters of the Dampier Archipelago, and to identify, protect and monitor the rock art for future generations.


The work of the Ranger Team values Murujuga as a place where:

  • Country is cared for so that the human activity enhances the cultural and natural heritage values.
  • Family and community relationships are maintained, and where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses can grow together and benefit economically, socially and culturally.
  • Cultural knowledge and heritage of country and people is held and transferred to the next generation to enhance a strong cultural legacy and a healthy land and sea country.


The Land and Sea Management Unit (MLSU) Objectives are:

  1. Manage the Land and Sea Country
  2. Build the capacity of our staff to achieve our objectives
  3. Strengthen our Community
  4. Build a strong and sustainable Land and Sea Unit.
  5. Build strategic stakeholder relationships
  6. Develop our young leaders.

The objectives are based on the practical lessons learned from the operation of the Ranger Program through 2012 and 2013, and built around the values framework.