Ranger pro­gram to gen­er­ate jobs

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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