Funds boost to Abo­rig­i­nal ranger jobs and train­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

Premier Mark McGowan has praised the Abo­rig­i­nal Ranger Pro­gram and the com­mit­ment and con­nec­tion indige­nous Aus­tralians are show­ing to their lands as the first round of fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions closed.

With $20 mil­lion pledged to the pro­gram for five years from 201718, Mr McGowan ex­plained to mem­bers how the lat­est round of fund­ing would ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley.

“The indige­nous ranger jobs will re­quire ac­cred­ited con­ser­va­tion and land man­age­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and this fund­ing will as­sist Abo­rig­i­nal men and women to get that train­ing,” he said.

“This fund­ing will al­low Abo­rig­i­nal rangers to be em­ployed in greater num­bers and trained in a range of land and sea man­age­ment ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing tourism oper­a­tions, land man­age­ment, and pro­tect­ing and con­serv­ing im­por­tant cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal parts of Western Aus­tralia.”

The lat­est round of fund­ing, which closed last week, will see $4 mil­lion in­jected into Abo­rig­i­nal ranger pro­grams across the State.

Mr McGowan went on to praise rangers across the State, say­ing they had a deep con­nec­tion to their lands.

“I have met Abo­rig­i­nal rangers in a range of lo­ca­tions over the years and I al­ways get the sense that the men and women in­volved have a deep feel­ing of pride in their job,” he said.

“They are in­ter­ested in demon­strat­ing this by show­ing and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the in­nate value of the land on which they live and work.”

The Abo­rig­i­nal Ranger pro­gram has been praised by the Premier Mark McGowan.

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