Additional Aboriginal ranger initiatives to be created with new funding

Bardi Jawi Oorany Rangers. Photo: DBCA.
Bardi Jawi Oorany Rangers. Photo: DBCA.

Aboriginal organisations looking to employ and train rangers to carry out land and sea management and tourism activities across regional WA, could be boosted as part of the third round of funding under the Aboriginal Ranger Program.

In round three, $4 million is up for grabs to create pathways for Aboriginal people to develop creers in land and sea management.

Environment minister Stephen Dawson said the initiative had already supported Aboriginal people around the state.

"The McGowan Government has already invested almost $16 million under the first two rounds of the Aboriginal Ranger Program," he said

"This has resulted in the employment of 189 rangers, more than half of whom are women.

"Valuable work has already been undertaken by successful applicants under the previous two rounds, with rangers being trained in fire management, cultural site management and biodiversity monitoring and research."

Aboriginal affairs minister Ben Wyatt said he was looking forward to seeing the long-term benefits produced as a result of the funding.

"Through this significant investment, we are delivering on our promise to create jobs for Aboriginal people, helping to increase resilience, improve community wellbeing and build leadership," he said.

"The funding delivered under the program is already having positive social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes.

"I encourage more groups to apply for funding in round three so they can build on the growing number of Aboriginal groups and rangers managing country."

The existing 25 projects have included biodiversity monitoring and research, traditional knowledge transfer, fire management, cultural site management, feral animal and weed management.

Other examples of the projects have involved cultural awareness and immersion experiences for visitors, guided welcome to country tours for visitors, management of visitors or tourists and tourism assets, and education programs and mentoring.

Expressions of interest can be submitted to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions until March 27, 2020.