Aboriginal affairs

Aboriginal rangers to be employed in WA’s South-West

A dozen Noongar trainee rangers, including six females, will be employed in the South-West as part of a five-year Aboriginal Ranger Program.

The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation will receive $1,170,000 in funds to help create the new jobs and training opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said training Aboriginal rangers was a key priority for the McGowan Government and would provide social and economic benefits.

“Since coming into government, we have rapidly progressed the $20 million Aboriginal Ranger Program to deliver on-ground action to support new and existing ranger groups throughout the state,” he said.

Mr Dawson said the rangers would be trained in conservation work, including management of tourism and cultural sites, bushfire suppression and environmental protection works.

The rangers would be trained for 16 months with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservations and Attractions.

As part of the program, the trainees could gain qualifications for Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.