Indigenous rangers are working for Queensland and should be grown for the long term.
Indigenous rangers use a unique mix of traditional knowledge and modern science to protect nature and sustain our native plants and animals. Rangers are combatting feral animals and the spread of damaging weeds, managing wildfires, protecting cultural sites, maintaining sustainable tourism opportunities and supporting research. But Queensland is a vast state, and more effort and support is needed to ensure many millions of hectares of land and sea gets the management it needs.
As well as protecting nature, these programs support cultural strength, create meaningful work for people in regional and remote Queensland, open up new opportunities for men and women, young and old, and create genuine and positive partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Indigenous rangers are producing environmental, economic and social outcomes for the benefit of all Australians.
The Queensland Indigenous ranger program should grow and its future should be secured for the long term. I ask you to support the call to double funding and secure long term contracts for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas, and set a long term target of 5000 Indigenous land and sea management jobs.