The other week the Greens wrote to the Prime Minister calling for the budget to double the spending on the Indigenous ranger program, and extend it for the next 15 years. Read more here
There is a compelling case for expansion of these programs and more certainty for currently funded groups. Both of these programs - the Indigenous Rangers (Working on Country) program and the Indigenous Protected Areas - have ongoing and strong support from Indigenous groups across the country. They have a track record of success in engaging Indigenous Australians and providing real jobs that produce social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes for the benefit of all Australians.
But the calls by the Greens as well as Indigenous and other NGOs across the country for such an increase in the budget would appear to have been ignored.
Perhaps the government will take the opportunity to rectify this in the upcoming election campaign!