Government contracts qualified and preferably locally-based nongovernment organisations that have a track record in delivering good land management and training. Their 10 year mission is to work with Traditional Owners to develop skilled and well-managed Indigenous ranger teams drawn from remote and regional communities, and to establish park infrastructure. This new, low-cost, public-private partnership approach to land management would be carefully introduced over time. It would start with a demonstration of 1 million hectares on properties where capacity and requests for ranger jobs are strongest, and would then extend to the remainder of the Ranger Parks network. After 10 years, or sooner if standards are met, ranger groups would assume full management responsibility. Each group is required to be accountable within state-wide development and conservation strategies set by government, in consultation with stakeholders in regional and metropolitan areas. Junior ranger programs to be established in remote and regional schools.
Finish the job started 20 years ago. Diversify regional land use and secure the opportunity that these former pastoral lease properties offer by declaring them joint-vested national parks or conservation parks. The Ranger Parks would be vested in Traditional Owner groups and government, and proceed only with Traditional Owner consent after the signing of Indigenous Land Use Agreements. All Ranger Parks would be gazetted within two terms of government with at least half listed as fullyprotected A-class parks.
Identify and develop sustainable tourism, cultural and other regional development opportunities associated with the new Ranger Parks. Assign ‘preferred supplier status’ to nearby businesses, giving them an edge to win contracts to establish and service the Ranger Parks. Ensure infrastructure that is shared with neighbours receives priority attention.
Ensure that Ranger Parks are consistent with local and regional plans and aspirations. The Ranger Parks should complement, not compete with, existing projects, proposals and businesses. In genuine collaboration with surrounding neighbours, control weeds, feral animals and fire. Restore degraded areas, maintain infrastructure and protect natural and cultural values. Work with community groups to protect and restore our shared heritage.
Create opportunities for all Western Australians to enjoy these remarkable natural places by providing access, camping facilities and other infrastructure in ways that sustain the local plants and animals. Cater for different visitor demands, from well-serviced camp grounds through to wilderness experiences
Ensure high standards in delivering social, economic and conservation outcomes by establishing a comprehensive and transparent evaluation and auditing program. Reliable, independently gathered information will be needed to fine tune this innovative approach to park management over the first 10 years.
These properties were selected to become parks because they are home to threatened species and unique landscapes that should be conserved for future generations.Read more
These properties contain important Indigenous cultural and pastoral heritage that need restoring and safeguarding for the future.Read more
Visits to protected areas bring myriad health and wellbeing benefits to people and the potential to experience the vistas, wildlife and heritage that make WA so special.Read more
Ranger jobs would be among the few real job opportunities in WA’s remote communities. Managing land is demanding, skilled work that calls for a mix of traditional ecological knowledge and modern day science.Read more
Existing ranger programs have led to profound social and economic benefits in some of Australia’s most remote and socially disadvantaged areas. These benefits have included improved levels of education and health, and a stronger connection to culture.Read more
Ranger programs are now proven to help transform remote communities, providing inspiration and hope for the future, and assisting with ‘Junior Ranger’ programs which are integrated into local school activities. Junior Ranger programs provide opportunities for young and older people to spend time on country together.Read more
An economic analysis by Social Ventures Australia has found that the economic benefits of the Ranger Parks would far outweigh the costs. Their research has found that for every $1 invested, $3.10 worth of value would be created for all Western Australians.Read more
Existing ranger programs have brought many community benefits, including stronger connections between elders and younger generations, retention of Aboriginal culture, connections to and protection of country, and reduced social problems.Read more
Neighbouring pastoralists will benefit from management of weeds, feral animals and fire on these properties. Roads, fences and other infrastructure would be renewed, and opportunities to genuinely have a say in management issues would be made possible.Read more
Significant economic benefits will flow to the surrounding region from Ranger Parks, due to the employment of Indigenous Rangers and other staff, the supply of equipment and services, and increased tourism. Local businesses would be assigned ‘preferred supplier status’, giving them the competitive edge to provide goods and services to the Parks and win contracts.Read more
New sustainable tourism opportunities associated with the parks would be identified and promoted. Almost half of existing Indigenous Ranger groups across Australia are also delivering services to businesses on a commercial basis – a positive sign that Indigenous communities, once they have stability, are eager to engage in the market economy and supplement the income that ranger jobs deliver.Read more
The parks and ranger groups would be established, ensuring they aligned with local plans, projects and aspirations. The parks should complement, not compete with, existing projects and proposals.Read more