Jigalong rangers off country
In May 2017, a group of eight Jigalong rangers travelled to Perth and Alice Springs in an off-country excursion to promote cross-cultural exchange and learning.
The group travelled to Perth to meet with Leigh Sage from the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Leigh regularly supports Martu rangers during the field season with waru (burning). The aim of the visit was to see how the fire management teams at the Wanneroo depot operate during the busy summer fire season and the winter controlled burn season. It was great for the Jigalong rangers to inspect some of the high tech equipment and see the new burnover protection system operating on one of the trucks.
Afterwards, Leigh took the rangers on a short trip to Yanchep National Park to experience a Welcome to Country, see some koalas and be given a tour of the caves. After that, an obligatory shopping spree at Joondalup shopping centre rounded out the afternoon nicely!
The rangers then travelled to Ross River outside of Alice Springs to attend the annual Central Land Council (CLC) ranger camp as special invitees. The Jigalong rangers attended a variety of training sessions over the two days – Basic Chemical Use, Food Handling and Safety and everyone’s favourite Venomous Snake Handling. The camp was a great opportunity for the Jigalong Rangers to see and hear what different ranger groups are doing across the central desert regions of Australia. Thank you CLC rangers for the invitation.