Brainstorm session for Aboriginal protectors
INDIGENOUS rangers from across the Wet Tropics will be better able to protect land and animals after attending a workshop near Cooktown.
A four-day workshop was hosted by Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation with support from Terrain Natural Resource Management and Wet Tropics Management Authority.
Groups commended Jabalbina for its Junior Ranger certificate for Mossman senior school students.
The workshop also featured sessions ranging from technical know-how and information about weeds, fire management, and drone operation, to joint management and enterprise development.
Jabalbina CEO Jim Turnour said the benefits extended far beyond practical skills.
“This is also about sharing knowledge and experiences, inspiring and motivating,” he said. “It’s important that ranger groups keep culture strong and make that work within a government context.
Phillip Minniecon is the Ranger Coordinator for the Jabalbina Rangers and said he was impressed with the level of collaboration.
“I love it. I get to sit down with other coordinators and talk about issues we’re facing. All of a sudden it’s not just you trying to solve a problem, you’ve got all of these other guys helping,” he said.
“I had had something on my mind for 12 months, and within 5 minutes, someone had answered that problem for me.”
More than 60 people attended, including representatives from established ranger groups such as Yirrganydji, Djunbunji, Girringun, and Gunggandji, and emerging ranger programs such as Jirrbal and Djabugay.
“We really appreciate the support that Terrain and WTMA have given us to host this workshop, from logistics through to facilitation to communications support,” said Mr Turnour. Jabalbina also thanked Terrain and the WTMA, and state and federal funds for the Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Area Programs.
Ranger groups from across the Wet Tropics at the workshop.
Philip Minniecon from the Jabalbina Rangers and Marcus Riley from Bulmba Rangers.
Victor Bulmer from the Djunbunji Rangers.