Cel­e­brat­ing a decade of rangers of land and sea

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IN­DIGE­NOUS Land and Sea Rangers are cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of car­ing for coun­try across Queens­land, as well as a re­cent boost in fund­ing.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles an­nounced a $500,000 grants pro­gram to help more in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties with con­ser­va­tion.

“Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties may in­clude man­ag­ing cul­tural her­itage sites, mon­i­tor­ing pro­tected species, con­trol­ling ero­sion and restor­ing habi­tat, just to name a few,” Mr Miles said.

“It sup­ports re­mote in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and of­fers jobs, skills de­vel­op­ment and men­tor­ship across the state.

“Through this pro­gram we can learn from peo­ple whose an­ces­tors have been car­ing for coun­try for mil­len­nia.”

Mr Miles said the pro­gram was one of the most sig­nif­i­cant and suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties.

Ranger re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude species con­ser­va­tion by re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing wa­ter­ways, con­trol­ling weeds and feral an­i­mals and con­duct­ing fire man­age­ment pro­grams just to name a few.

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