Female rangers step up
IN line with International Women’s Day, 30 female indigenous rangers from across the wet tropics gathered on Yalanji Country in the Daintree to share ideas and discuss issues related to women working in natural resource management.
Jabalbina Mossman based Ranger and WHS Officer, Danica Beveen Reisener, said the workshop focused on how female rangers operated in a male-dominated industry.
“It was surprising how many of the females who travelled up for the three-day workshop had the same experiences, and their stories were similar to each area in the field,” said Ms Reisener.
She said there were high expectations for female rangers to prove themselves in the field, and the workshops were a great way to talk about breaking down barriers and prove they were equal and in the end, work better as a team.
“We can come back to the office more confident.”
Ms Reisener, who has been a ranger for three years, said she did it “to come and work on my country and to feel I was helping the elders and myself, and learning more about my culture.”
The three-day Jalbu-Jalbu (women’s) Land Management Workshop was the first of its kind since 2008.
It was hosted by Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation in conjunction with Terrain Natural Resource Management and Wet Tropics Management Authority.
Terrain provides funding to support traditional owner and community group capacity building, thanks to the Austra- lian Government’s National Landcare Program.
The Ranger program is funded through the Australian Government’s Working on Country and indigenous Protected Area initiatives and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Smoking ceremony at the Jalbu Jalbu (women's) Land Management workshop