Aboriginal ranger roles are a new career opportunity that did not exist for Aboriginal youth in previous generations. The opportunity to take care of country in an Aboriginal ranger role is extremely empowering.
The Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program provides opportunities for over 20 Aboriginal people to be employed in caring for country roles. The role of an Aboriginal ranger not only contributes to caring for the environment but also protecting Aboriginal culture, and providing role model opportunities for younger generations.
Over the last six months, Western Mulga – a MARP delivery partner – have been working with the Clontarf Academy at Champion Bay Senior High School to provide career support and mentoring for young Aboriginal people in Geraldton. Through this partnership, school based traineeships in Conservation and Land Management will now be available to young Aboriginal peoples as a career prospect.
Carlos Ponta has jumped at this opportunity and successfully completed his Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management, also enrolling to complete his Certificate II in the near future.
The Western Mulga Ranger Program is supported by NACC NRM Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program with funding from Prime Minister and Cabinet, National Indigenous Australians Agency – Indigenous Advancement Strategy.