NACC is honoured to announce that the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Indigenous Advancement Strategy have granted the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program (MARP) another three years funding to continue supporting more Aboriginal people to Care for Country.
During 2017-18, a key highlight from NACC’s Aboriginal Participation Program included the pilot Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program – which supported connection to Country and sharing of culture and cultural stories with newly employed Aboriginal Rangers.
Delivered in collaboration with key partners Western Mulga, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), KMAC Botanical and Environmental Services and the support of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – this life changing program provides opportunities for Aboriginal people across the Midwest to be employed and engaged in Natural Resource Management (NRM) activities while delivering on-ground conservation outcomes with a strong cultural emphasis on Caring for Country.
During the pilot program more than 20 Aboriginal people were employed as Rangers, plus over 20 Aboriginal people have undertaken Conservation and Land Management training. In addition, five different language groups from across the Midwest were engaged in the program.
Managing Director of Western Mulga Sandy McEwan said that Western Mulga is honoured to be a part of the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Project.
“We pride ourselves in following in our elders footsteps and creating opportunities for Aboriginal people who aspire to work on country as it is the spinifex paths that our elders walked that have paved the roads we now drive, it is a proud time for us all.”
NACC’s Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator Bianca McNeair said “Being able to offer our Aboriginal community an employment and conservation program for a further three years is a great opportunity to maximise on the many benefits there are to having Aboriginal people care for country.
Not only is Traditional Ecological Knowledge extremely valuable in enhancing the ways we understand and care for our environment, but it is also important for individual identity and sense of community.”
Ms McNeair and Malgana DBCA Conservation Employee Klaas Liezenga have been invited to attend the CSIRO National Indigenous Climate Dialogue in Melbourne– where the work being done by the MARP team will contribute to the national conversation about the importance of two-way science in NRM.
Watch this space for more stories about the MARP team and the important and valuable work being achieved.