Indigenous ranger groups in Kennedy will benefit from a Federal Government funding boost of more than $250 million over three years to continue their vital contribution to environmental, cultural and economic outcomes in our communities.
Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the increased funding for Kennedy ranger organisations, saying it will help to deliver jobs and opportunities for local First Australians.
“The Australian Government is proud to support the fantastic work being done by these Kennedy organisations which will share in more than $7.7 million to protect and conserve threatened species, marine systems and cultural places, while addressing environmental threats caused by feral animals, invasive weeds, marine debris and wild fire,” Senator Macdonald said.
“I look forward to continuing to see the incredible contributions made by the local rangers as they protect our beautiful and diverse country.”
Successful ranger organisations include:
- $3,482,246.09 to the Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation for the Gangalidda-Garawa and Normanton Rangers
- $2,685,646.19 to Djunbunji Limited for the Mandingalbay Yidinji Rangers
- $1,566,454.71 to Gunggandji PBC Aboriginal Corporation for the Gunggandji Land and Sea Rangers
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said that 118 ranger groups would benefit from the record funding.
“More than 2000 First Australians are employed as Indigenous rangers through this program, protecting land and sea country and contributing immeasurably to their communities,” said Minister Scullion.
“The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to the continued success of the Indigenous ranger program. This additional investment of more than $250 million over three years will bring total support to the program to a record $640 million over eight years.
As part of the $640 million commitment the Coalition Government has invested $30 million to build capacity within the Indigenous Rangers Program. The program will allow rangers to build their technical skills and take up the opportunities offered in compliance and land and sea management.
“Despite Labor and foreign funded green-groups trying to stir up uncertainty over the program’s future, the Coalition is the true friend of Indigenous Rangers – not only did we initially establish the successful program under the Howard Coalition Government – but we have committed more funding than the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government ever did,” Minister Scullion said.