Ranger program to generate jobs
Traditional owners are being urged to make use of the State Government’s $20 million Aboriginal ranger program, which opened to applications last week.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said he was particularly keen to see women’s ranger groups establish themselves on their traditional lands.
“The ranger program is great news for the environment and great news for the economic and social resilience of remote and regional Aboriginal communities,” he said.
“This program will generate more jobs and training for our indigenous youth, provide the opportunity to develop a career in land and sea management, and create long-term cultural, conservation and tourism opportunities.
“Female ranger groups have not received funding from the Feds as much as I think they should have so I am keen to make sure both sexes get the opportunity.”
Yindjibarndi elder Tootsie Daniel said the program was welcome news for ranger groups.
Ms Daniel said elders needed to step up and become rangers as well, to help guide the younger members.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt said the program would provide positive outcomes for regional and remote communities to provide brighter futures for young Aboriginal people.
Mr Wyatt said the State Government would work with traditional owner groups, Aboriginal corporations and representative bodies.