Fe­male rangers step up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

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

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