The Walgett River Rangers have joined the Million Turtles Project with the help of Dr Deborah Bowers from University of New England. They are working to protect turtle nests from predators like foxes and wild cats,
and foster the birth of more turtles in the Walgett waterways. Elders tell us that in normal healthy rivers, turtles would be prolific. Turtles are a key indicator of water health and they are hard to find around Walgett now - since the rivers are often dry or low in oxygen. Turtles keep the rivers clean - they are excellent scavengers. We call the short-necked turtle (Chelodina expansa) dhinggaa of the Yuwaalaraay - wayamba, and the long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) girrabirrii or maliyan.