The Morrison Government is investing $244,974 to ensure the Yirrganydji Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers can continue the fantastic work they do protecting our environment.
Indigenous rangers care for land and sea country, preserve sites of cultural significance, conserve threatened species, marine systems and cultural places and address environmental threats caused by feral animals, invasive weeds, marine debris and wild fire.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today met with the Yirrganydji Ranger Group to highlight the vital role the group plays in protecting and preserving areas of land and sea country.
He said the investment in the Yirrganydji Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers had secured their future until to June 2021.
“The work of indigenous ranger groups such as the Yirrganydji Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers is just so important and that’s why we are pleased to continue our support for their work in this part of the country,” Mr Entsch said.
“It is exciting for everyone involved.
“Indigenous rangers are the eyes and ears in the areas they patrol. They bring local knowledge and insights to their work allowing them to protect and preserve our unique environment.
“The Yirrganydji are specialists in the environmental management work they do between Cairns and Port Douglas.”
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the Coalition Government is investing in Indigenous Rangers at record levels.
“Across both Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs we’ve committed more than $830 million over 10 years through to 2023,” Mr Scullion said.
“This represents record investment compared to any previous government, dating back to when the rangers program was first established by the Howard Coalition Government.
“The Coalition Government is supporting Indigenous rangers because the program provides sustainable employment, training and career pathways for Indigenous Australians across the country.
“We remain unwavering in our support for Indigenous rangers, considering them like any other essential service in the country and we are pleased to see communities benefit from our record levels of funding.”
Funding for this project is being delivered via the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.