Funding creates careers in Indigenous ranger program

New jobs are being created for Indigenous Australians, with new careers developed from new funding.

The State Government has made $9.25 million under round two of the program for single or multi-year projects allocated to 14 projects across WA, following $8.45 million allocated in the first round.

Funding has resulted in the creation of 42 full-time or part-time positions for Aboriginal people, including 21 female ranger positions.

It has also created a further 55 casual position and 87 training opportunities.

New and existing Aboriginal organisations can employ and train rangers to carry out land and sea management and tourism activities in remote and regional WA.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the program was creating opportunities for Aboriginal communities.

It said that the first round of the program already had “positive social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes.”

“More than 100 Aboriginal people have gained employment, of which 60 per cent were women,” Mr Dawson said.

“At least 70 people are undertaking some form of training, ranging from developing land management skills, to Aboriginal site work and tourism guiding.”

He added that the second round of funding would continue develop careers.

“The projects funded under round two will create further pathways for Aboriginal people to develop careers in land and sea management while also providing long-term cultural and conservation outcomes,” Mr Dawson said.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt said the program was “helping to build stronger, more resilient communities.”

“By creating more opportunities across Western Australia, the program is enabling Aboriginal men and women to manage country and help build community leadership, wellbeing and resilience,” Mr Wyatt said.

“After talking to people involved in Aboriginal ranger groups, it’s clear that these groups are helping to strengthen connection to country and are contributing to greater community identity and pride.”

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