Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today commended Far North Queensland’s indigenous rangers on World Ranger Day for the work they do protecting the environment and our heritage.
Mr Entsch said Far North Queensland is privileged to have so many dedicated rangers, many of whom are indigenous who combine traditional knowledge with conservation training to protect and manage land, sea and culture.
He said rangers across the region play an important role in natural resource management, including fire management, restoring rivers, preserving threatened species and controlling feral animals.
“The Morrison Government supports more than 2,900 Indigenous Australians to work on Country through a variety of ranger projects, creating employment, training and career pathways,” Mr Entsch said.
“Across Far North Queensland, this program has enabled the Morrison government to create 210 jobs in the 2016-17 financial year alone.
“World Ranger Day is a perfect opportunity to recognise and praise the extensive work undertaken by our Indigenous rangers to protect and conserve our natural treasures.”
Mr Entsch said the work of indigenous ranger groups is vitally important and that is why the government will continue our supporting their work.
“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,” he said.
“Our rangers are passionate about their work and World Ranger Day is our chance to say thank you to all those who dedicate themselves to care for our environment so its splendour can be appreciated now and preserved for our future generations.”