Aboriginal Ranger Program staff ready to get to work on-Country

Eighteen new trainees and support staff have been recruited to commence work on Country, under the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Ranger Program.

Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders congratulated the new recruits who recently attended an on-Country induction camp at Burrendong Dam outside of Wellington.

“This program is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to advance the aspirations of Aboriginal people, culture and communities, by championing opportunities that offer experience, development and a career pathway,” Mr Saunders said.

“The trainee rangers are ready to undertake important work on the ground, including assisting landholders with biosecurity matters, livestock health, weed management, native vegetation and managing travel stock routes.”
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said the program ensures sustainable jobs for Aboriginal Australians by caring for country on country.

“The Aboriginal Rangers Program recognises that country and culture are intrinsically connected to Aboriginal communities and I look forward to the positive outcomes this important program will deliver,” Mr Franklin said.

Trainees will receive culturally safe training, mentoring and support across all areas of the Local Land Services business including conservation and ecosystem management, animal pest control, Aboriginal site identification and more.

Local Land Services Business Partner Aboriginal Cultural Engagement and Gamilaraay man Graham Kelly was pleased to have the new staff members on-board in their roles.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our new recruits to gain experience and exposure through our land services and biosecurity teams,” Mr Kelly said.

“I’m really looking forward to watching our trainees develop over the course of the program and am sure they’ll be a valuable asset to their local communities, landholders and stakeholders.”

22 new Aboriginal staff will be recruited in total as a part of the $5.95 million program.

For more information on the Aboriginal Ranger Program, visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal-ranger

Media: Candice Giannakos, 0476 813 993

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