I welcome Labor’s announcement of a funding injection for Indigenous rangers in WA. It’s a positive step forward for the future of remote and regional communities. However the return of traditional lands as joint-vested National Parks, for ongoing management by their Traditional Owners, is the only way to secure this legacy for the long term.
Create Ranger Parks would mean new jobs in areas of WA where they are needed most, enabling Traditional Owners to look after the land and the hundreds of cultural sites on the proposed Ranger Parks. It would also mean the protection of many remarkable natural areas that contain plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. From northern quolls to bilbies and night parrots, they are home to unique species that are on the edge of survival, and their protection is important to me.
Creating Ranger Parks would give the younger generation of Indigenous people – in the areas of WA where there are currently no ranger programs – a chance to get out on country, protecting some of the most amazing parts of WA’s Outback.
You’ve committed $20 million to fund Indigenous rangers. Please take the next step and turn the former pastoral properties into new National Parks. As a Western Australian, I want the opportunity to enjoy these amazing parts of our state, and I want to know they are in good hands for many generations to come.