McGowan promises $20m for rangers
Lobbyists and traditional owners have welcomed WA Labor’s election promise of more certainty for indigenous ranger programs.
Opposition leader Mark McGowan pledged $20 million of Royalties for Regions funds over five years to boost the WA indigenous ranger program.
“An indigenous ranger program is a key way of providing employment,” he said. “We want to make sure that there is an overarching program run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife that is properly supported and provides opportunities for hundreds of people.”
The Create Ranger Parks alliance welcomed the Labor policy for the March State Election as a good first step for implementing a proven jobs model.
Pew Charitable Trusts spokesman David Mackenzie said it was a no-brainer to expand conservation areas and employ Aboriginal people to manage them.
Acting Premier Liza Harvey said the announcement was for an initiative already in place.
Pilbara Greens candidate Brent McKenna said Labor’s proposal was patronising and short term. Mr McKenna said the Create Ranger Parks plan should be implemented in full.
WA Labor leader Mark McGowan and Pilbara candidate Kevin Michel.