Pest skills

Rangers fin­ish TAFE course

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

YACMAC rangers af­ter com­plet­ing their train­ing at North Re­gional TAFE.

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