Dear local candidates,
After a huge year of dealing with COVID-19 we need to make sure we’re in a good position for the future. Aboriginal Rangers in WA are something I strongly support and that brings multiple benefits across our state.
The current funding program for Aboriginal Rangers in WA has been a great start but doesn’t meet the scale of the environmental and social need or the strong demand from traditional owners across our enormous state.
We know that Aboriginal rangers deliver powerful results for country and for every West Australian. Rangers work to control feral animals, reduce noxious weeds, manage destructive wildfires and use burning to protect biodiversity and cultural values, as well as caring for threatened species, maintaining tourism sites and protecting sacred sites. The work of Aboriginal rangers every day benefits all West Australians.
We’ve been through a tough year and a strong investment and improved delivery of Aboriginal Ranger funding would be a great way to start 2021. Properly funded, these are jobs that deliver the huge cultural and social benefits that only meaningful employment can. The work being done is helping protect the natural values of WA that we all love.
We know that WA’s Aboriginal rangers need longer-term funding for their work. We know there is demand for more Ranger jobs. And we know that if we improve the way groups are funded and listen to what they need, we can do better in caring for nature and supporting people.
WA’s Aboriginal Ranger Program is a win for country, a win for culture, and a win for the economy. That’s why it’s so important to me.
So can you please tell me what your party will do to strengthen WAs Aboriginal Ranger Program, to create jobs in the bush and the regions, to support traditional owners managing their own country, and to help protect nature for all of us?
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