Plea for Govt ranger funds

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A spokesman from Aus­tralia’s peak her­itage body has called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to con­sider fund­ing the Bur­rup Penin­sula’s Mu­ru­juga land and sea unit.

Speak­ing at Deep Gorge last week, Aus­tralian Her­itage Coun­cil indige­nous her­itage ex­pert Lyn­don Or­mond-Parker said Mu­ru­juga’s case was unique given it was pri­mar­ily funded by in­dus­try.

“With the cur­rent fis­cal bud­get cuts, I think it is al­ways good we can get fund­ing from else­where and that in­dus­try is in­volved in the preser­va­tion of cul­tural her­itage,” he said. “What is re­ally in­ter­est­ing with this par­tic­u­lar ranger pro­gram is that it’s all funded through in­dus­try — they don’t cur­rently re­ceive any fund­ing from the Com­mon­wealth for their ranger pro­gram.

“Of course, I think they should also pos­si­bly be funded by the Com­mon­wealth as there has been a down­turn in the in­dus­try here, leav­ing less money to sup­port such projects.”

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel said the State Gov­ern­ment was work­ing to boost re­sources for the Mu­ru­juga rangers.

“We are try­ing to get more done here,” he said. “That is why we are sup­port­ing them from the State Gov­ern­ment by giv­ing $200,000 to the ranger pro­gram for the next four years,” he said.

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