New Indigenous ranger program for La Perouse and Botany Bay

Release Date: 
20 November 2018
Media release

The Morrison Government has today announced the establishment of ranger project in Sydney’s La Perouse and Botany Bay area.

The $1.4 million investment is part of the Morrison Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy and further reinforces the Government’s commitment to create meaningful employment, training and career pathways for Indigenous Australians.

“The Morrison Government is delivering better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the board – and we remain committed to that,” Minister Scullion said.

“Creating jobs is a big part of that promise and this new project will create up to five jobs for First Nations people.

“This initiative will focus on environmental management and wildlife protection in one of Australia’s busiest waterways as well as tourism support services in a rapidly developing urban area.

“Funding will also support the purchase of a boat required to conduct activities, and provide training for rangers in the safe operations of a marine vessel.”

Chairperson of La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council Noeleen Timbery welcomed the announcement.

“The Indigenous Ranger Program at Botany Bay will allow our people to be locally employed, working on country while caring for and protecting culturally significant marine life and cultural areas,” Ms Timbery said.

Minister Scullion said the Australian Government was committed to supporting Indigenous rangers projects that deliver outcomes across Australia.

“Indigenous rangers play a crucial role in ensuring Australia’s unique landscapes and biodiversity are preserved and protected,” Minister Scullion said.

“By achieving employment and environmental outcomes, alongside wider social, cultural and economic benefits, Indigenous ranger work is valued by many communities across Australia.”

Indigenous ranger projects support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to combine traditional knowledge with conservation training to protect and manage their land, sea and culture.

These projects also develop partnerships with research, education, philanthropic and commercial organisations to share skills and knowledge, engage with schools, and generate additional income and jobs in the environmental, biosecurity, heritage and other sectors.