McGowan prom­ises $20m for rangers

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

WA La­bor leader Mark McGowan and Pil­bara can­di­date Kevin Michel.

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