Fe­male indige­nous rangers sup­ported

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

AS PART of NAIDOC Week, the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced fund­ing to es­tab­lish and sup­port a Women’s Land and Sea Ranger Net­work here in Queens­land.

Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment Leeanne Enoch said the $200,000 grant, jointly funded with WWF-Aus­tralia, would help es­tab­lish a fe­male ranger net­work to sup­port skills- ex­change and ad­vo­cacy.

“This year’s NAIDOC Week has a spe­cial fo­cus on recog­nis­ing the con­tri­bu­tions that First Na­tions women make to our com­mu­ni­ties,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment recog­nises the valu­able work Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der women do in our ranger teams, and we want to en­sure they are well sup­ported.

“Women rangers per­form unique lead­er­ship roles in their com­mu­ni­ties, con­tribut­ing cul­tural knowl­edge to help pro­tect Coun­try.”

Ms Enoch said the project would start im­me­di­ately, and in­cluded fund­ing to em­ploy a part-time co-or­di­na­tor that will or­gan­ise net­work meet­ings and pro­vide cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port.

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