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Torres Strait Islanders join the call to double Indigenous ranger jobs

The traditional owners of Australia's northernmost islands, bushland, beaches and seas have added their support for the Country Needs People campaign to double funding for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas.

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Rangers clean up an uninhabited beach.

The Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council this week added their logo to the Country Needs People campaign, calling for recognition that Indigenous land and sea management roles support traditional owners on the ground to look to their own strengths and initiative.

GBK spokesperson Ned David feels the campaign is a great opportunity to ensure that the unique islands and seas of Torres Strait are well managed into the future.

"We want to take the message straight to the Prime Minister that continuing to invest in rangers in the Torres Strait is the best way to ensure the future health of our region and our communities and generate meaningful jobs for traditional owners," he said. 

Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council is the native title peak body for the Torres Strait.

 

unnamed.jpgGBK spokesperson Ned David: 'invest in rangers for the future health of our region'.

 

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Rangers rescuing a female green turtle.