Sign the petition to grow funding for Aboriginal Rangers in WA

Our state of Western Australia is different.  It’s big, beautiful and worth looking after, and that means there is a lot of work to do to care for all of our natural and cultural heritage. We need people working on country that are supported to tackle feral animals, control weeds, manage fire and protect sacred sites. Who better than the local Traditional Owners through community based Aboriginal Rangers.  

Covid-19 made 2020 a tough year for everyone but now we need to get things back on track for the future.  Growing, extending and improving the WA Aboriginal Ranger Program can support jobs where they are valued and needed while helping our environment and cultural heritage. Ahead of the 2021 State election, it’s an important time to let your local pollie know they can improve the way WA’s Aboriginal Rangers are supported by:

  • Boosting funding for rangers statewide
  • Making sure that funding for ranger jobs and operational needs are ongoing
  • Making sure we are working closely with community based traditional owner groups so that the funding better meets their needs and priorities.

From the Kimberley to the Bight, from the Pilbara to the Central Desert, Aboriginal rangers are delivering powerful results for the people of WA. Rangers manage fire, tackle feral animals and noxious weeds, monitor and rescue wildlife, maintain tourism infrastructure, support cultural priorities and the list goes on. 

The work Aboriginal rangers do is good for the whole of WA and ranger jobs deliver the powerful benefits that meaningful employment brings to communities right across this enormous state.

There is huge demand for properly funded ranger teams across WA and it’s a key part of protecting our beautiful natural and cultural heritage.  Good for local communities, good for biodiversity, good for cultural needs and great for Western Australia!

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?

Yours sincerely,

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We’ll never tell you how to vote, but we think all pollies should be hearing from you how important Indigenous Rangers are for WA.

Join the call

Before the WA Election, tell your local candidates and pollies it’s time for major growth and ongoing security for Aboriginal ranger funding and this issue is important to you.

Ask them if they’ll work closely with traditional owners on reforms that could make it even better. 

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