Fund­ing con­tin­ues for pi­lot pro­gram

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Abo­rig­i­nal ranger and Ger­ald­ton tra­di­tional owner Kay­lah Dodd with NACC Abo­rig­i­nal li­ai­son co-or­di­na­tor Bianca McNeair at Den­ham's Big Lagoon.

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.

Pic­ture: NACC

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