Jigalong rangers attend the Indigenous Desert Alliance

Senior ranger, Pamela Jeffries, talking about the work they do on country.

Senior ranger, Pamela Jeffries, talking about the work they do on country.

 Over 100 people attended the IDA workshop.

 Over 100 people attended the IDA workshop.

 

Leaving Jigalong at 6.00am the rangers travelled into Newman to catch their flight to Perth to attend the Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) workshop. Everyone was excited about the trip and ranger Jarrod Jeffries was looking forward to his first flight.

The rangers were the first group to give a presentation. Presenting to more than 100 people the rangers spoke about the combined work of the men and women ranger teams and the work undertaken with our long standing partner the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife.  Despite being nervous everyone spoke well and even those who didn’t actually speak contributed by standing with the whole team. The group received a number of compliments about their presentation.

The IDA is a fantastic opportunity for rangers from across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia to get together, share stories and plan for big projects. There was lots of discussions on how we can best share information. There were also some big projects like carbon abatement, the Bilby blitz and ranger exchanges being developed at this workshop. The Jigalong rangers found listening to and working with the rangers from other desert regions very beneficial.  

Everybody came away feeling happy knowing that the other ranger groups are doing similar work and have similar concerns. The rangers want to seek out more opportunities to work with other groups and keep learning and sharing ideas. We look forward to catching up with everyone again; it is great to see so many ranger teams growing. Thanks to LL, the team from Central Desert and everyone who came along for making it such a great event.