Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are working.
Around the country, Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas use a unique mix of traditional knowledge and modern science to protect the Outback and sustain our native plants and animals. Rangers are combatting feral animals and the spread of damaging weeds, managing wildfires, protecting cultural sites, maintaining sustainable tourism opportunities and supporting research. But Australia is a vast country, and more effort and support is needed to ensure many millions of hectares of land and sea gets the management it needs.
As well as protecting nature, these programs support cultural strength, create jobs for people to support their families, open up new opportunities for men and women, young and old, and create genuine and positive partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are producing environmental, economic and social outcomes for the benefit of all Australians.
These programs should grow and their future should be secured for the long term. I ask you to support the call to double funding and secure long term contracts for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas, and set a long term target of 5000 Indigenous land and sea management jobs.