Funding continues for pilot program
Aboriginal ranger Kaylah Dodd will be able to keep her job after the Commonwealth Government granted the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program another three years of funding.
The announcement comes after a pilot program run by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council to support connection to country and sharing of culture and cultural stories with newly employed Aboriginal rangers this year. The program employed more than 20 Aboriginal people as rangers, and more than 20 additional Aboriginal people undertook Conservation and Land Management training, which included people from five Mid West language groups.
NACC’s Aboriginal liaison coordinator Bianca McNeair described it as a life-changing program providing opportunities for Aboriginal people across the Mid West to be employed and engaged in natural resource management activities.
“Not only is traditional ecological knowledge extremely valuable in enhancing the ways we understand and care for our environment, but it is also important for individual identity and sense of community,” she said.
“Being able to offer our Aboriginal community an employment and conservation program for a further three years is a great opportunity to maximise on the many benefits there are to having Aboriginal people care for country.”
NACC delivered the pilot program in collaboration with Western Mulga, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, KMAC Botanical and Environmental Services and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.