Rangers looking after country, Martu visit Canberra, Leadership participants hike the South-West - a busy start to the year for KJ!

Punmu ranger, RR< looking after country with fire

Welcome to this first newsletter for 2016!

This edition includes stories from KJ’s teams about work that has happened since the summer break and what is planned for the coming year.

Already Martu have been travelling around Australia learning new skills such as using incendiary (fire) machines from helicopters and talking to politicians and departments about the importance of the ranger program and the need for funding for a women’s leadership program.

As the weather gets cooler then longer trips will begin to happen and the rangers will take the old people back to country through the Kalyuku Ninti (return to country) program and other ranger activities.

This year will see more activity with the Junior Ranger Program in Punmu continuing and the Leadership Program expanding to include women.

This year we also welcome some new and former staff joining KJ.  In particular, Adam Pennington is the new ranger program manager, Ray and Tina de Groot are the new ranger coordinators in Parnngurr and Marc Huber has returned to work with Ngangkari on the Leadership Program.
We look forward to another busy year with Martu and whitefellas working together to keep Martu and Martu communities strong and healthy.

Peter See