Rangers get help to look af­ter coun­try

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A $200,000 grant will go to­wards fund­ing a ranger co-or­di­na­tor for two years to help get the Mar­duthuni Rangers: Lower Fortes­cue River and Es­tu­ary land man­age­ment pro­gram up and run­ning.

The Yabu­rara and Coastal Mar­dud­hunera Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion ranger pro­gram has been busy ramp­ing up this year, with it’s mem­bers com­plet­ing TAFE cour­ses in or­der to give them the skills to un­der­take land man­age­ment work on-coun­try.

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said $8.34 mil­lion would be dis­trib­uted over 21⁄2 years to 61 vol­un­teer groups, as part of the State Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment Pro­gram’s Com­mu­nity Ca­pa­bil­ity Grants.

“The grants will pro­vide vi­tal sup­port to groups which are ded­i­cated to work that ben­e­fits the en­vi­ron­ment and all West Aus­tralians,” he said.

“Main­tain­ing and strength­en­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity of com­mu­nity NRM groups is crit­i­cally im­por­tant.”

Other projects in the Pil­bara to re­ceive fund­ing in­cluded a $120,000 grant to the De Grey Land Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict Com­mit­tee, $230,000 for Green­ing Aus­tralia to de­velop indige­nous ranger teams and $325,000 for com­mu­nity ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing across the range­lands.

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the work un­der­taken by lo­cal NRM groups in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties helped to pre­serve unique nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Land of the Ngur­rawaana Com­mu­nity.

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