Tell your local MP you want to see more Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas for the long term

    I am one of more than 75 000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians calling on all parties to:

    1. Double funding for Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas;
    2. Secure a long term future for these programs; and
    3. Set a long term target of 5000 Indigenous ranger jobs nationwide.

    I commend Labor’s commitment to double Indigenous ranger jobs over five years and to secure longer term contracts for rangers. There’s a great opportunity for Labor to now enhance this policy with a commitment to grow Indigenous Protected Areas.

    Across Australia, more and more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are expressing an aspiration to protect the culture and wildlife alive on country through Indigenous Protected Areas. Right now, funding doesn’t meet the demand from traditional owner groups nor the level needed to protect the vast land and sea country of our continent.

    Doubling annual Indigenous Protected Area funding over five years would allow further growth to meet demand and better management of existing areas, to tackle feral buffalo, camels, cats, weeds and reduce destructive wildfires. It will help foster strong local governance and manage tourism impacts and protect our nation’s ancient cultural heritage. All led by grassroots Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on their own country.  

    Can we count on Labor to back your positive commitment on Indigenous rangers with a commitment to grow Indigenous Protected Areas?

    I am one of more than 75 000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians calling on all parties to:

    1. Double funding for Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas;
    2. Secure a long term future for these programs; and
    3. Set a long term target of 5000 Indigenous ranger jobs nationwide.

    I commend the government’s legacy of supporting Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas, including the positive growth of both programs under the current government.

    Across Australia, Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are delivering results for the benefit of every Australian. Rangers are maintaining tourism and cultural sites, tackling feral animals and invasive weeds, supporting research and limiting dangerous wildfires. At the same time, the transformative effect of meaningful work is delivering role models, career and business opportunities and more in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Now there is a great opportunity to build on that achievement for the longer term. Extending all Indigenous Protected Area and Indigenous ranger contracts to 2023 would be of great benefit not only to local Indigenous groups but to every Australian who supports practical management of our natural heritage.

    Will you support the extension of Indigenous ranger and new Indigenous Protected Area contracts to 2023?

    I am one of more than 75 000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians calling on all parties to:

    1. Double funding for Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas;
    2. Secure a long term future for these programs; and
    3. Set a long term target of 5000 Indigenous ranger jobs nationwide.

    Across Australia, Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are delivering results for the benefit of every Australian. Rangers are maintaining tourism and cultural sites, tackling feral animals and invasive weeds, supporting research and limiting dangerous wildfires. At the same time, the transformative effect of meaningful work is delivering role models, career and business opportunities and more in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Will you support the call to grow and secure Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas for the long term?

    Around the country, Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous rangers are using a unique mix of traditional knowledge and modern science to protect the Outback and care for wildlife. Rangers are tackling feral animals and the spread of invasive weeds, reducing destructive wildfires, maintaining cultural and tourism sites and supporting research. 

    And communities are reporting the benefits that come with meaningful work that people are proud to do; like positive community role models, fewer interactions with the justice system, and improved confidence and mental health.

    Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous ranger jobs are protecting nature and transforming lives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia.

    Now is a crucial moment for the Indigenous Protected Area and Indigenous ranger programs. With the federal election looming, and the need and demand for more Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous ranger jobs already exceeding supply, it's time for the political parties to step up their commitment for a long term future and growth.

    Join the Country Needs People campaign in calling for the major parties to:

    • Double the funding for Indigenous ranger programs and Indigenous Protected Areas over the next five years.
    • Extend the length of Indigenous land and sea management contracts to generate the stability required for Indigenous groups and individuals to build capacity and deliver lasting social economic and environmental outcomes.
    • Establish a long term target of funding for 5000 rangers to meet both environmental needs across the continent and fully realise the social and economic benefits of these programs.

    Call on your local MP and key politicians to grow and secure Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous ranger jobs for the long term.

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    Send an email to support the growth of Indigenous Rangers

    Dear <your local MP's name will be automatically entered>,

    I am one of more than 75 000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians calling on all parties to:

    1. Double funding for Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas;
    2. Secure a long term future for these programs; and
    3. Set a long term target of 5000 Indigenous ranger jobs nationwide.

    Across Australia, Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are delivering results for the benefit of every Australian. Rangers are maintaining tourism and cultural sites, tackling feral animals and invasive weeds, supporting research and limiting dangerous wildfires. At the same time, the transformative effect of meaningful work is delivering role models, career and business opportunities and more in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Will you support the call to grow and secure Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas for the long term?

    Yours sincerely,
    <your name will be inserted here>

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