NLC Rangers Learn New Skills at the Kimberley Ranger Forum
Date: Oct 31, 2017
Publication Type: Newsroom
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.
Garawa Rangers Robert O'Keefe & Chris Green practice their Cybertracker skills at the NAILSMA workshop during the Kimberley Land Ranger Forum
Polllyanne Ponto, Yugul Mangi Ranger receiving instruction in the use of a drop saw as part of the construction & Maintenance Workshop at the KLC Ranger Forum
Garawa Ranger Karen Noble practicing patient lifting techniques with other rangers at the St. Johns Ambulance workshop during the KLC Ranger Forum
Garngi Ranger Neville Gulay Gulay sizing up the merchandise during the KLC Ranger Forum
350 Rangers from across the NT & WA come together for a group photo at the conclusion of the KLC Ranger Forum
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.