We support grassroots calls for a big increase in funding and security for these programs. Only by investing in stable, secure Ranger programs and Indigenous Protected Areas can we keep this wonderful success story for local communities and our precious environment going. As the request from frontline groups says we need:
A long term target of at least 5000 Indigenous Ranger jobs across Australia if we are to bring the scale of environmental management our country needs.
A shorter term plan to work with local Indigenous groups to double the amount of funding for Ranger jobs on Country and Indigenous Protected Areas.
Long term and secure contracts that let local organisations plan for a healthy and growing future.
- A long term commitment to recognise the success of these programs in allowing people to protect country, go from welfare to work, support their families and sustain communities.