ADD YOUR 'HAPPY 20TH INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREAS' TWEET HERE AND WE'LL SCHEDULE IT, ALONG WITH HUNDREDS MORE, FOR 3 DECEMBER

| see below for ideas for your message

On December 3rd, we’re holding an event in Parliament House to celebrate 20 years of Indigenous Protected Areas delivering powerful benefits for people and nature around Australia.

Will you help us amplify a big happy 20th by scheduling a tweet through our new tweetwave action?

What will happen:

  1. Add your message – we have some ideas for messages below.
  2. Tag a politician in your tweet so we make sure we’re communicating to politicians that they should support growing and securing the 20 year success of Indigenous Protected Areas;
  3. Enter your details and submit your tweet. Twitter will show a (slightly scary looking!) message asking if you authorise tweetwave to tweet on your behalf. Rest assured, we will only use the Twitter authorisation to schedule this tweet. We respect your data and your privacy – read more here.
  4. We’ll schedule your message to be tweeted on 3rd December, along with hundreds of other tweets, so that we can amplify our support for Indigenous Protected Areas.

Any questions? Send ‘em through to gday@countryneedspeople.org.au.

Here’s some ideas for your tweets:

  • 20 yrs of protecting nature + transforming lives
  • #20more
  • Big thanks to Traditional Owners on Indigenous Protected Areas
  • Happy 20th Indigenous Protected Areas
  • Let’s see 20 more years
  • Calling for more Indigenous Protected Areas
  • Meet the scale of our Outback
  • Meet the demand from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Caring for country for the benefit of every Aussie
  • Creating jobs, protecting nature, reinforcing culture.
  • It's a no brainer! Nature, culture, jobs. That's Indigenous Protected Areas!
  • First Australians taking the lead for Aussie species and local culture.
  • Ancient, local knowledge and modern science working together.  Indigenous Protected Areas
  • Happy anniversary, 20 years of hard work, Indigenous Protected Areas.
  • Indigenous Protected Areas, strong people keeping country healthy.

LATEST TWEETS

Zynal Cox

Laib walg (good day)!

My name is Zynal Cox. I’m a Nyul Nyul Ranger living and working in the community of Beagle Bay on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, WA. I first started when I was 19 years old, and I have been a ranger for 6 years now.

The thing I am most passionate about as a ranger is native plants, traditional language, and the history of our people looking after country.

During the last 6 years I have developed many skills working alongside my team and gaining lots of knowledge from our elders on how best to look after our country.

In my job as a ranger I have been lucky to work with different scientists and researchers on integrating cultural knowledge with science as part of bigger research projects across Australia.

I have also presented at conferences, sharing knowledge about the way we look after our country and how we can support other ranger groups to look after their country.

I think the ranger program is really important for my people and our future generations.

We have the oldest living culture on the planet. We are still living where our ancestors lived, and we are still looking after our country. As an Indigenous ranger we have many roles from fire management, biosecurity, threatened species, feral management, freshwater monitoring and many others.

We teach at the school and are developing young ranger cadets focusing on language and culture, and also teaching the meaning and importance of science.

I believe that we need young rangers working on country gaining knowledge from our elders and I’m writing to ask a favour – will you tweet to celebrate Indigenous Protected Areas with me?

Thanks, Zynal

Devena Cox

Laib walg (good day)!

My name is Devena Cox. I’m writing to ask a favour – will you tweet to celebrate Indigenous Protected Areas with me?

I’m a Ngumbarl, Nyikina, Nimanburr and Jabirr Jabirr woman from the west Kimberley in WA. I live in Beagle Bay community on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.

My journey started some years back as a casual worker with the Nyul Nyul rangers for two years. Then green army funding came along in 2015 and I worked as a green army ranger. In 2017 I got promoted to a trainee ranger position. My next jump is to get on the KLC (Kimberley Land Council) books – on a full time ranger position with better conditions & wages.

I work in a group of women and men employed by the Kimberley Land Council, working on country through Federal Indigenous Ranger funding. We are working to help keep country healthy through activities such as biosecurity, feral management, protective burning, weeding and revegetation. We manage the impacts of the many visitors to our country and share our cultural knowledge. We monitor the health of our coastal reefs, our freshwater springs systems, our native plants and animals and the positive impact of our work across country.

We also have an important role in the community not only as rangers but as future leaders. Working with school children, ranger cadets, and other local Traditional Owners we share and pass down the knowledge of our ancestors and Elders. Our ranger team keeps what is left of our culture strong.

When we take people out on country - kids, old people and visitors - we connect with the land, we forget about our problems, and we feel strong.

One of my key roles is protecting Monsoon Vine Thickets. Many bush food plants exist in these ecological communities that western science and the federal government recognise as endangered. We know them as special places to gather food, shelter, shade, materials for tools and medicine, and many are important cultural sites. That is why it is so important that we, as Indigenous Rangers, protect them. We have partnerships with many organisations with the focus of looking after our country.

As rangers, we play an important role, walking in two worlds, and building bridges between them.

I hope you will join me in celebrating 20 years of Indigenous Protected Areas.

Thanks, Devena