Aboriginal (Noongar) Ranger Program

Funding Required: $4,600,000

Funding Purpose: Build capacity, technical skills and employment opportunities while increasing long term business/enterprise and career options for Noongar people.

Contact: Peel Harvey Catchment Council – jane.omalley@peel-harvey.org.au

A local Noongar Rangers Program in the Peel Region will provide significant benefits for the Noongar and broader community. Sharing cultural knowledge, ongoing employment and career opportunities in natural resource management (working on country) and tourism, building pride and mentoring and increasing capacity through skills based training, are the tip of the benefits.

There is an identified growing demand for skilled workforces and an increase in employment opportunities for Indigenous (Noongar) communities within the Peel Region. A major focus of a Rangers program will respond to Noongar requests to build capacity, technical skills and employment opportunities while increasing long term business/enterprise and career options for Noongar people in land and waterways management.

The program will include traditional knowledge sharing and building competency for young people to become role models and mentors within their communities. Strong linkages to the Peel Waterways Institute (Stage 1) and opportunities through WAITOC (Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council) and the DPC (Capability Building Training programs) will help increase capacity and long term career and business options and boost the local economy. There is an established commitment by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Local and State Governments to support local Noongar Rangers, over time, to establish sustainable Noongar businesses to provide for the local Noongar people and their communities in perpetuity.