Brain­storm ses­sion for Abo­rig­i­nal pro­tec­tors

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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