Ranger program powers on

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on January 30, 2020

THE third round of funding in the Aboriginal Ranger Program is now available and the State Government is calling for groups to express their interest in securing a portion of the $4 million on offer.

Almost $16 million has already been spent on the project to support new and existing Aboriginal organisations in employing and training rangers to carry out land and sea management and tourism activities across regional WA.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the existing funded projects had created career pathways for Aboriginal people as well as achieved long-term cultural and conservation outcomes.

Ranger Team Coordinator Samantha Williams said her team had been working in and around the Kalgan Fish Traps area for two months and had found it highly rewarding.

“As a collective group, we just love being out on country and this job gives us an opportunity to do that,” she said.

“We get to combine cultural aspects with the environmental protection and looking after the land and animals, and just being in the bush.

“It’s sometimes hard work, but we get a lot of enjoyment out of it.”

An expression of interest form can be found at dbca.wa.gov.au/aboriginalrangerprogram