Over its current term, the NT government has supported Aboriginal ranger groups across the Territory with a funding program to help their operations. Projects like ranger work sheds, science and planning, work vehicles, and other practical projects to ensure rangers can be out on country managing fire, weeds, feral animals and other environmental threats.
But the funding is due to run out this year and rangers need more support to get to work caring for country. Ahead of the 2020 NT Election, now is an important time to let your local Territory politician know that Territorians want to grow funding for Aboriginal rangers.
Sign the petition to call on all NT pollies to commit to grow funding for Indigenous rangers before the 2020 election.
From the desert to the mangroves, across millions of hectares of our Territory environment, we need to manage country to ensure we have a healthy environment for the future.
Indigenous Rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas do a great job of managing land and sea country across our Territory to control fire, feral animals, invasive weeds, ghost nets and much more, at the same time as creating local jobs that people are proud to do.
Dear Minister Lawler and Local MP,
CC: Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
The Territory moved early on dealing with the threat from COVID-19. It’s been a tough few months, but Territorians have stepped up to do the right thing. Now we need government to back Territorians by moving early to grow funding for the work of Territory based Indigenous Rangers.
The current four-year funding program to support this work isn’t yet funded past this year and I want to hear your plans for its extension and growth if you are re-elected.
From tackling the threats of invasive weeds like gamba grass and mimosa, to cleaning up our coastlines, to managing fire in the landscape throughout the year and protecting our threatened species there is plenty of work to do. Indigenous Ranger work provides real jobs right across the Territory from Darwin and Alice to regional and remote communities.
Our beautiful Territory environment and lifestyle depends on healthy country, that’s why the tourists come and it’s a key part of the everyday work of rangers. If we want to rebuild opportunities in the Territory, we have to invest in our local people, and you can’t get more local than Indigenous Rangers living and working across the Territory.
Please tell me you and your party’s plans to grow and extend the funding for Indigenous Rangers in the Territory to protect country and culture and help rebuild our economy.
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Before the NT Election, tell your local member that the growth and security of Indigenous ranger funding is important to you - for the protection of the Northern Territory's natural and cultural heritage, and for jobs in the bush and communities around the Territory and as a positive way to help rebuild our economy.