Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
Indigenous ranger groups in Lingiari will benefit from a funding boost of more than $250million over three years to continue their vital contribution to environmental, cultural and economic outcomes in our communities.
Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, welcomed the increased funding for ranger groups in Lingiari, which will continue to deliver jobs and opportunities for local First Australians.
“The CLP as part of the Coalition Government is proud to support the fantastic work being done by ranger groups in Lingiari,” Mrs Price said.
“By providing $95.5 million ranger groups in Lingari will be supported to protect and conserve threatened species, marine systems and cultural places, while addressing environmental threats caused by feral animals, invasive weeds, marine debris and wild fire.
“I look forward to continuing to see the incredible contributions made by the local rangers as they protect our beautiful and diverse country.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that 118 ranger groups would benefit from the record funding.
“More than 2000 First Australians are employed as Indigenous rangers through this program, protecting land and sea country and contributing immeasurably to their communities,” said Minister Scullion.
“The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to the continued success of the Indigenous ranger program. This additional investment of more than $250 million over three years will bring total support to the program to a record $640 million over eight years.
As part of the $640 million commitment the Coalition Government has invested $30 million to build capacity within the Indigenous Rangers Program. The program will allow rangers to build their technical skills and take up the opportunities offered in compliance and land and sea management.
“Despite Labor and foreign funded green-groups trying to stir up uncertainty over the program’s future, the Coalition is the true friend of Indigenous Rangers – not only did we initially establish the successful program under the Howard Coalition Government – but we have committed more funding than the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government ever did,” Minister Scullion said.