Joint media release with Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson
The Coalition Government will provide the Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation with more than $580,000 to support the Spinifex Indigenous ranger group in the Goldfields region of Western Australia.
The investment was announced by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, today.
Minister Scullion said the $580,137 investment would enable the ranger group to conduct important land management activities and conserve environmental and cultural assets across the Spinifex and Piki Native Title Determination Areas, as well as the Mamungari Conservation Park.
“This investment will also provide targeted training for up to 28 Indigenous rangers to increase their employment options,” Minister Scullion said.
“Rangers do an amazing job working on country and engaging with their communities – and I congratulate the Spinifex rangers for their work.
“The investment builds on the Coalition Government’s investment in ranger programmes in the region including through a $660,000 grant provided to the Goldfields Land and Sea Council last November to establish a new Indigenous ranger group.
“Indigenous rangers are an important part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to provide more jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, while also managing and preserving important environmental assets.
“The Coalition has been a strong supporter of Indigenous rangers since it introduced funding for the programme in 2007 under the Howard Government. Our support for Indigenous rangers now extends to more than $550 million over seven years through to June 2020.
“The Government is providing significant investment in the Goldfields region through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and I acknowledge the ongoing advocacy of Mr Wilson for his constituents.”
Mr Wilson said the Spinifex Indigenous ranger group was the biggest employer in the remote country surrounding the Indigenous community of Tjuntjuntjara.
“These rangers have a close relationship with the Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School and the students participate in the Spinifex Bushranger Programme as part of their school activities,” Mr Wilson said.
“A key goal of this Government, and one of my personal ambitions, is to help more people into the workforce and help them avoid the cycle of welfare dependency.
“Supporting these Indigenous rangers is important not just for the current generation, but for their children and generations to come.”
The Indigenous Rangers programme is funded through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.