Ja­bal­bina rangers ready to step up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs

RANGERS from Ja­bal­bina Yalanji Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion could take on croc­o­dile mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment re­spon­si­bil­i­ties if there is any ac­tion on pro­posed changes to the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil’s zon­ing.

In­dige­nous Pro­tec­tive Area man­ager Rickie Burchill said that cur­rently Ja­bal­bina rangers could only par­tic­i­pate in croc mon­i­tor­ing ex­er­cises, but there was plenty of po­ten­tial.

“We’re try­ing to get our rangers skilled up to start tak­ing on croc mon­i­tor­ing work and also later down the track hope­fully get them to get right in the thick of it with the EHP (Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion) as well,” Mr Burchill said.

He said that, with EHP of­fi­cers based in Cairns and a gen­eral lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween them and ranger crews from Ja­bal­bina and Queens­land Parks and Wildlife (QPWS), it was im­por­tant to en­sure lo­cal in­volve­ment in deal­ing with prob­lem croc­o­diles.

He said EHP was re­cep­tive to Ja­bal­bina rangers tak­ing on croc­o­dile man­age­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity af­ter ini­tial train­ing.

“When they came through and did their level 1 croc train­ing with our Moss­man rangers we let them know what our in­ten­tions were,” he said.

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