NLC Rangers Learn New Skills at the Kimberley Ranger Forum

Date: Oct 31, 2017

Publication Type: Newsroom

Subject: Caring for Country

Hosted by the Kimberley Land Council through support from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, 34 rangers representing 12 NLC ranger groups attended the Kimberley Ranger Forum held on Bardi Jawi country in August at Pender Bay on the Dampier Peninsula, WA.

Rangers from the Bulgul, Wagiman, Malak Malak, Waanyi Garawa, Garawa, Yugul Mangi, Numbulwar Numburindi, Wanga Djakamirr, Garngi, Mardbalk, Timber Creek and Kenbi ranger groups and program support staff participated in various workshops and practical training sessions, providing a unique opportunity to gain new skills and network with other Indigenous ranger groups from across the country.

Training was provided in biodiversity monitoring and research, traditional knowledge recording, fire management, cultural site management, feral animal and weed management, and how to establish tourism ventures, youth programs and mentoring activities.  

The forum also provided a great opportunity for the NLC ranger groups to work together to safely undertake the epic road trip, organise daily logistics, set up camp & cook for the whole team as well as troubleshoot mechanical repairs along the way. 

The Caring for Country Branch is dedicated to working with the KLC to gather feedback on how this forum was conducted, so we can work towards hosting a similar event in the future. 

First published in Land Rights News October 2017

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