photo courtesy 10 Desert Projects

The Morrison Government  says  it will more than double the highly successful Indigenous Ranger Program and bring on 2,000 additional ranger jobs in regional and remote Australia as  part of a targeted program to empower Aboriginal people, create jobs, build skills, and unlock the economic potential of Aboriginal land.

Ltyentye Apurte Rangers photo courtesy CLC

 As part of the federal budget… Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt  says  the  $636.4 million funding towards the program  will  encourage more Aboriginal women to begin working as rangers on land and sea country as well as fund  long-term economic opportunities and environmental outcomes.

Patrick O’Leary  from The Country Needs People campaign which has been calling on the government to significantly invest in the Indigenous ranger workforce  says the announcement recognises the long term commitment of elders to protect their country