Our country needs Indigenous rangers

Published 02 May 2014 

Taken from Bruce Martin's The Guardian article published May 1:

"To me this country is not remote, either physically or emotionally.  It is my true home, the place of my ancestors, the place we love and are committed to caring for as a people.  Step by step we are rebuilding productive livelihoods for ourselves on our lands. We have started a community owned organisation, APN Cape York, to help us get to where we want to go.  In partnership with government, private and the philanthropic sectors, we are reinvigorating a successful cattle enterprise, skilling our young people for work in the construction sector, and developing a big vision for future generations."

"When I look up from the day-to-day work on our own country, I see similar inspiring stories.  Nationally, over 700 Indigenous rangers are working in partnership with the federal government through the Working on Country program.  Over 60 Indigenous protected areas bring the best of Indigenous traditional and western style management to millions of square kilometres of our most sensitive remote landscapes and coastal areas."