The Mimal Land Management area sits at the geographic centre of Arnhem Land and covers more than 18,000 square kilometres of country including grassy plains, rock country, woodlands and forest to freshwater country.
The rangers operate on behalf of Dalabon, Mayali and Rembarrnga traditional owners whose country is situated in central Arnhem Land.
Mimal was managed by the Northern Land Council (NLC) for many years, however landowners expressed a desire to operate independently under local Indigenous management.
Mimal’s journey to independence is inherently linked to its involvement in the West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) Project, as it has allowed landowners to use income generated to fund a separate incorporation and autonomy. The Mimal rangers now use their fire management expertise to support the Central Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (CALFA) project.
In October 2017, Mimal Land Management celebrated a new chapter as a group with control over its own land, working toward a clear vision for Mimal people, country and culture.
Mimal are currently being supported by the Federal Government to establish a new IPA which will cover over 18,000 square kilometres in south central Arnhem Land.