Jabalbina rangers ready to step up
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.