Rangers finish TAFE course
A group of Aboriginal rangers are well on their way to gaining professional skills to manage and protect their land from invasive species after completing a TAFE training course.
Yaburara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation had 10 members completing pest management technicians training at the North Regional TAFE Karratha Campus last week.
YACMAC indigenous ranger facilitator Shandell Raddock said the training would help build capabilities to pursue further employment in land management and tourism.
“YACMAC has long been committed to taking up diverse revenue streams to generate opportunities for local indigenous people, and the ranger team is one way that we can build capacity within the community,” she said. “The program will target environmental and cultural impacts on their country, particularly in highly visited coastal locations (such as) the Fortescue River mouth and 40 mile.”
Mrs Raddock said indigenous ranger programs had provided traditional owners across the Pilbara with a platform where they actually feel involved in their future, rather than simply being consulted.
“It certainly builds capacity in those communities so they are able to take control of their situation both financially and have more input into decisions made on community, indigenous affairs and land management issue which affect their country,” she said.
“What we are doing is marrying both modern and traditional methods.
“It’s a way we can actively be engaged in on-ground management through both scientific modern practices but also through the traditional knowledge indigenous people have.”
The team will now undertake block training through the North Region TAFE to attain Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management and seek funding to sustain the ranger program.
YACMAC rangers after completing their training at North Regional TAFE.