The Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, based in Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land, is a representative body whose members are the Yolngu people resident on the homeland communities which the organisation services.
The vision of the members is “To determine our own future, to manage our own affairs, to become self-sufficient so the homeland mala can continue to live in peace and harmony.”
LHAC aims to achieve this vision by pursuing the linked goals of cultural, economic, environmental and social sustainability in all their activities. LHAC remains an independent provider of services and a facilitator of community and economic development for its members on homelands, is governed by Yolngu people for Yolngu people, and is committed to innovation and best practice.
The Yirralka Rangers are responsible for the land and sea management programs within the Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The Laynhapuy IPA covers an area close to 17,000km2 in North East Arnhem Land and encompasses some 23 remote Homeland communities. The Yirralka Rangers have a service delivery model based on the majority of Rangers being remotely located across 15 homelands and supported from their operational headquarters in Yirrkala.
Some land and sea areas adjacent to neighbouring IPAs involve shared management. This includes the Ranger groups Dhimurru, Gumurr Marthakal, ASRAC, Yugul Mangi and Numbulwar Numburindi Rangers.
The Laynhapuy IPA is being managed as an IUCN Category IV protected area which aims to conserve ecosystems and habitats, together with associated cultural values and traditional natural resource management systems. The Yirralka Rangers are responsible for implementing the IPA Management Plan (2017-2022) which strategically informs and directs their operational activities. In determining policy and priorities the Yirralka Rangers also recognise a higher responsibility to the Wäŋa Wataŋu and Djuŋgayi, the traditional owners and custodians of the country they serve to protect.
The Yirralka Rangers manage fire on their country as part of the North East Arnhem Land Fire Abatement carbon project, which is held by Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) NT.