The Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Project is underway

After much planning and development, the ambitious, new, NACC-led, Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Project is finally underway – with rangers already being sought to join the project.
Cultural consultation with Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation at Gunnado farm, Walkaway 2016
Cultural consultation with Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation at Gunnado Farm, Walkaway 2016

Positions for a Midwest Aboriginal Ranger team with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have already been advertised (please see jobs.wa.gov), and other opportunities with the other key project partner organisation – Western Mulga – are also being ‘lined-up’.

If those who are not destined to be a ranger, but still feel they have something significant to contribute to the project, NACC is looking for suitably-experienced Traditional Owners to help support the Ranger teams as part of the project’s Reference Group.

A call is being put out for Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal people to join the Midwest Ranger Project Reference Group, with an aim of providing essential advice to support the functioning of the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Project.

NACC Aboriginal Program Coordinator Bianca McNeair said the Midwest Ranger Project Reference Group will be critical to the success of the a pilot project, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, under its Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

“The Reference Group will bring together Traditional Custodians from across the region to provide advice specifically relating to the project,” she said. “We are keen to ensure the project is aligned, integrated, collaborative and relevant – to local people and places.

“We are looking for people who can see the immense benefits that can be gained from a successful local Aboriginal Ranger project, and are prepared to put their energy behind helping it achieve its goals.

Individuals who are directly involved in the delivery of the project – such as key NACC and project partner lead staff from DBCA and Western Mulga – will sit on the Reference Group ex officio.

Aboriginal people who are interested in joining the Group, and making a contribution to the project, are encouraged to refer to the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Project Terms of Reference for more information before submitting an Expression of Interest form.

Expressions of Interest will be received until close of business on Friday, 6 October.

Terms of Reference and Expressions of Interest forms can be found here on the NACC website.

For more information, please contact Aboriginal Program Coordinator Bianca McNeair on 9938 0129 bianca.mcneair@nacc.com.au or Greg Burrows on 9938 0109 Greg.Burrows@nacc.com.au

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Great work, Bianca and Greg. I look forward to further updates.

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