Saturday, April 20, 2024

WA Aboriginal rangers to share in $11m program funding

More than $11 million will be shared among a dozen Aboriginal organisations across Western Australia in the latest round of funding for the Aboriginal Ranger Program.     

The Round Six grants have been awarded to 12 projects that explore innovative ways to maximise the benefits of the program, the Government announced today.

The successful projects under the Innovation Fund include a native seed facility, cultural-contemporary burning, fauna sanctuary planning and wetland management.  

“Our Government is committed to building the skills and knowledge of Aboriginal ranger teams across Western Australia and encourage shared learning,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Dr Tony Buti.

“The Aboriginal Ranger Program creates meaningful opportunities while developing community resilience and leadership. We’re continuing to invest and build on the program’s success.

“This funding round ensures expert knowledge continues to be passed on to help communities care for their Country in a way that protects cultural and environmental values.”

The Aboriginal Ranger Program has created more than 650 ranger jobs on Country since 2017. It has also supported the management of nearly 500 significant cultural sites, 2,000 kilometres of tracks and weed management across 2,000 hectares of land.

“I congratulate the recipients of this latest round of funding and I look forward to hearing about the success of these exciting, innovative projects,” said WA Environment Minister, Reece Whitby.

“The Aboriginal Ranger Program continues to make a real difference, providing valuable employment opportunities across our great State.

“We want to empower Aboriginal communities to care for their Country and culture. For every $1 invested, the program creates approximately $3 worth of social, economic, cultural and environmental value.”

Following an initial $20 million investment, a further $83 million has been allocated to support the development, expansion and innovation of Aboriginal ranger groups across the State with a focus on remote and regional locations.

For more information, visit dbca.wa.gov.au/aboriginalrangerprogram.

OrganisationProject TitleFunding AllocatedDBCA Region
Badgebup Aboriginal CorporationBAC Skills and Innovation Hub$1,840,068Wheatbelt
Binalup Aboriginal CorporationPlanning for a Binalup-Tambellup Fauna Sanctuary$415,105Wheatbelt
Budadee Aboriginal CorporationBudadee Native Seed Facility$757,990Pilbara
IndigenousDesert AllianceSouthern Deserts RightWay Fire Project$1,643,625Goldfields; Pilbara and South Coast
Maarli ServicesInteractive gnammas mapping in Eastern Wheatbelt Rangers$1,653,193Wheatbelt
Noongar Land Enterprise GroupNoongar Land Enterprise Group Rangers$827,557Midwest, Wheatbelt and South Coast
Nowanup Noongar Boodjar LtdIntegrating Cultural Fire and Contemporary Burning in the Great Southern$291,419South Coast
Nyamba Buru Yawuru LtdBaluyi Bilarra Bundurr Bundurr – Plants of the Wetland & Pindan$354,777Kimberley
Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal CorporationWestern Desert Youth Rangers – Developing co-mapping and media skills$337,226Goldfields
Undalup Association Inc.Ni Kidji Gnangkaa Boodja – Listening to Mother Country$1,172,485South West
Wilinggin Aboriginal CorporationMarrirrin di Drone Program$439,465Kimberley
Winjan Aboriginal CorporationBindjareb Boodja Baldja Ranger Innovation Project$1,275,504Swan and South West

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