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INDIGENOUS RANGERS – A PROVEN SUCCESS STORY

The cornerstone of Ranger Parks are Indigenous rangers, recruited from local communities, whose traditional cultural practices have cared for our land for over 50,000 years.

Indigenous rangers are uniquely suited for management of the Ranger Parks. Many have a deep, cultural commitment to their country and can combine traditional knowledge with modern science to bring about conservation on a large scale. It’s a new way forward to manage and protect the Outback places that make Western Australia so special.

Existing Indigenous ranger programs in areas of the Kimberley and other parts of Australia are a proven success. They offer real jobs and opportunities for sustainable economic independence in remote areas where jobs are often hardest to find. Recent reports show that ranger programs are producing unmatched results for Aboriginal people.

Rangers undertake difficult but vital work caring for nature and tackling the pressing challenges of damaging wildfires, uncontrolled feral animals and noxious weeds. Not only are they successfully protecting and managing our shared natural heritage but they are also transforming remote communities and offering hope to younger Aboriginal people.

WHAT DO INDIGENOUS RANGERS DO?

Save Species

Fight Ferals

Manage Fire

Eliminate Weeds

Care for Culture

PROVIDE AN INDIGENOUS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE TO PARK VISITORS

Rangers undertake difficult but vital work tackling pressing challenges that impact on regional productivity and on our unique Outback landscapes - challenges such as damaging wildfires, feral animals and noxious weeds.

In addition to these services, almost half the existing Indigenous ranger groups in Australia have progressed to delivering services locally on a commercial basis. This has supplemented and diversified the income that ranger jobs deliver, and assisted government and businesses to meet the supply-side challenges of Indigenous-related procurement targets.

The end result is sustainable economic independence driving improved levels of health and education,
as well as reduced rates of imprisonment and welfare dependence.

Additionally and importantly, rangers often become respected role models in their community, offering hope and inspiration for younger people. Junior ranger programs encourage teenagers and children to spend time in the bush, connecting with older generations who are eager to pass on knowledge and culture and the benefits these bring.

The Create Ranger Parks proposal brings together two proven success stories – Indigenous rangers and protected parks – to produce a win for everyone.

 

RANGER GROUPS ARE CLOSING THE GAP BY:

Providing community mentors, educational opportunities and leadership.
Providing meaningful work, training and career paths.
Empowering individuals with confidence and better mental health.
Encouraging healthy lifestyles through physical activity.
Reducing incarceration and incidences of alcohol and substance abuse.


THERE’S LESS SOCIAL UNREST AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE, KIDS ARE MORE MOTIVATED AT SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY SEE MEANINGFUL ROLE MODELS, AND IT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNIT Y TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR CULTURAL HERITAGE AND PRIORITIES.

A salute to parks and wildlife

We want to thank and pay tribute to the hundreds of people who work at WA’s conservation department, Parks and Wildlife and the remarkable work they do for our national parks. Under difficult circumstances, and often in remote locations, they work long hours on behalf of all of us to protect our unique landscapes for future generations.

Year after year, the resources available to Parks and Wildlife have been reduced, while the challenge to protect nature only grows. Instead of expecting them to do more with less, government Ministers need to provide the resourcing essential to protect and manage the Create Ranger Parks properties and develop the tourism destinations that support our regional economies. A well supported government conservation agency represents a win for everyone and an investment in our future that will start rewarding Western Australia today.

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