ALP PLEDGE TO DOUBLE INDIGENOUS RANGER JOBS INVESTS IN SUCCESS

Looking after country

ALP PLEDGE TO DOUBLE INDIGENOUS RANGER JOBS INVESTS IN SUCCESS

The announcement that the ALP is committing to doubling the number of rangers over the coming five years is to be congratulated.

Peter See, Chief Executive Officer of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) said that “Recent social return on investment reports commissioned by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet reinforced that Indigenous ranger jobs created significant social, cultural and economic benefits for communities while delivering important outcomes for the environment”.

“The success of the Working on Country Program is in part because it aligns Indigenous people’s cultural aspirations to look after country with government’s commitment to manage the increasing risks to threatened species and to protect the environment” Mr See said.

“The best people to manage remote country of important natural and cultural value are the traditional owners of that country.

“Indigenous ranger jobs deliver for remote Australia in a way that other conventional employment programs have not.

“This program works for Indigenous people.  It provides real jobs, real work and benefits for all Australians.

“There is significant unmet demand in regional Australia for this program which provides real jobs and a foundation to develop alternative economies such as fee for service work for the resource industry and tourism opportunities.”

Bipartisan support for Indigenous ranger jobs would be a welcome and important message in Reconciliation Week.