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. The federal election is looming and it's time our politicians commit to growing Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous ranger jobs for the long term.
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.