Ranger groups share in Government funds

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Three Pilbara-based Aboriginal ranger groups have shared in $8.5 million of State Government funding.

The funding, part of a $20 million promise over five years, aims to allow Aboriginal rangers to be employed in greater numbers and trained in a range of land and sea management initiatives.

The KJ Ranger Program in Karlamilyi National Park, the Yinhawangka Ranger Program and the Yandeyarra Ranger Program are among 13 groups across the State to receive the funding.

The KJ Ranger Program’s Tristan Cole said the funding was welcomed by the entire organisation.

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“For Martu the funding is important because it’s entirely focused on Karlamilyi National Park, which the rangers see as the heart of their country, it’s where the rivers are so it’s really important that now we are going to have management over that space,” he said.

“Being able to work on your own country is hugely important to these rangers because it enables them to continue their culture and live on their land, which is of huge importance.

Environmental Minister Stephen Dawson said the investment supported new initiatives and built on the work already undertaken by established ranger groups

“It’s an exciting time because the jobs and skills being created will not only help to protect the lands and waters these projects are being delivered on, they will bring social, cultural and economic benefits for Aboriginal communities,” he said.

“Ranger groups have been doing a fantastic job managing country in partnership with the public and private sectors for a long time.

“More specifically, this program is providing a pathway for Aboriginal people to develop a career in land and sea management.”

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