Supporting Jobs on Country: $1.4 million in new Aboriginal Ranger Grants Awarded

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal Territorians to realise their social and economic aspirations, while caring for country, with the latest round of Aboriginal Ranger Grants.

Minister for Parks and Rangers, Selena Uibo, today announced 16 projects will share in $1.4 million in the latest round of grants, bringing the total amount the Territory Labor Government has invested in this Protecting Country, Creating Jobs 2016 election commitment to $12 million.

The re-elected Labor Government has promised a further $12 million in Aboriginal Ranger Grants over the next four years.

These grants have delivered outstanding results such as improved marine debris collection along the NT coastline and improved fire and weed management on country.

In the latest round of funding, 13 ranger groups have received grants ranging from $23,000 to $149,808, as part of the Land Management and Conservation Fund (LMCF) category.

LMCF funding can be sought for a various activities including feral, fire and weed management; management of threatened and iconic species; cultural management (protection of cultural sites and knowledge); training and skills development; environmental and ecological monitoring and evaluation; and development of governance structures.

As noted by Minister for Parks and Rangers, Selena Uibo.

“The Territory Labor Government is delivering for Aboriginal Territorians by supporting Traditional Owners to unlock the economic and social potential of their ancestral lands and waters.

“Aboriginal rangers do a terrific job on country to keep our environment healthy and to preserve country and culture for many generations of Territorians to come.

“The Territory Labor Government is pleased to continue this vital grants program for a further four years.

“The custodians of the Territory’s Aboriginal-owned lands and seas deserve more opportunities for jobs on country and these grants deliver those opportunities.”

2020 ABORIGINAL RANGER GRANTS RECIPIENTS

Anindilyakwa Land Council

$137,184

Monitoring green turtles on Groote Eylandt to inform conservation, education and inspire community support for their sustainable management

Thamarrurr Development Corporation Ltd

$100,000

Aerial support for collaborative management of Gamba grass and Mimosa across the Western Top End (WTE) NT

Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation

$33,274

Documenting Jawoyn faunal information in a Wildlife Identikit to strengthen knowledge, protect culture and help look after country.

Central Land Council

$100,090

Developing a Healthy Country Plan for the Arltarpilta Inelye Ranger Group in Central Australia

Tiwi Land Council

$35,587

2020-2021 Tropical fire ant eradication on Melville Island

Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation

$37,670

Protecting the biodiversity and cultural values of the Arafura Swamp in Arnhem Land through the strategic management of Mimosa

Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation

$149,808

Mparntwe/Alice Springs Bushcare Project

Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation

$23,000

Larrakia Rangers and CSIRO – Tracking changes in our atmosphere at Northern Territory Baseline Air Pollution Station (NT BAPS)

Warddeken Land Managerment Limited

$139,611

Feral animal control and capacity building in the Warddeken IPA

Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation

$75,700

Jawoyn Living Rock Art: Reviving community-based Jawoyn rock art recording and management

Injalak Arts & Crafts Aboriginal Corporation

$135,899

Injalak Hill Cultural Heritage Strategy and Action Plan

Njanjma Aboriginal Corporation

$100,540

Njanjma’s sandstone country – developing priorities for conservation actions

NLC – Bulgul Rangers

$95,110

Bulgul Feral Pig Management & Training Project

NLC – Garngi Rangers

$70,000

Creating a Healthy Country Plan for the Aboriginal Land Trust including the areas of Croker Island, smaller islands surrounding and adjacent area on mainland.

NLC – Wardaman Rangers

$100,000

Protecting the Wardaman Indigenous Protective Area from feral animal and weed threats. Capacity building for potential fee-for service opportunities and long term self-funding security.

NAILSMA

$100,000

This project proposes a ranger grant investment to assist with a partial (matched) contribution to the development of a regional aggregation ‘entity’ for the purpose of registering, governing and assisting with the administration of carbon projects / businesses outside the East Arnhem / AFLA envelope.

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