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Overview of the GLSC RANGERS Program

The Aboriginal people of the Goldfields region have been looking after and managing their traditional country for over 60,000 years. GLSC has developed a Goldfields Ranger Program over the last ten years, drawing on this accumulated wealth of knowledge and experience and applying it in a context that provides an opportunity for employment on country for the local Aboriginal community.

Over the last five years, the GLSC Ranger program has developed from occasional contract work for a small group of rangers working on country, with a limited number of Goldfields based partners, to one that employs eight people on a permanent part-time basis or casual basis.

IDA Rangers Forum 2018

Since December 2016 the Aboriginal Ranger Program has employed eight (8) female Rangers and twenty (20) male Rangers on either permanent part-time, full time or casual basis. Of these, twelve (12) are under the age of 25.

An aim of the program is to provide transferable skills to employees and to act as a stepping stone to broader employment. Over the course of the program, seven (7) staff have left to take up full time employment elsewhere including Forest Products Commission, Northern Star Resources, Department for Child Protection (youth services) and Central Regional TAFE.

During 2016-18 the GLSC took a number of major steps forward in the development of the Aboriginal Ranger Program:

  • The Commonwealth Government provided funding support for the GLSC Aboriginal Ranger Program from December 2016 to June 2018, under the Jobs Land and Economy program of the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
  • The Goldfields Esperance Development Commission awarded the GLSC a grant through the Royalties for Regions program to undertake work on the former Credo pastoral lease.
  • The Forest Products Commission awarded a sandalwood contract for harvesting timber, seed sowing and seed collection activities.
  • During 2017-2018 the GLSC Aboriginal Ranger Program attracted over $170,000 in fee for service work.

From July 2018 further funding commitments have extended the life of the Aboriginal Ranger program including;

  • State government funding through the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) for July 2018 through to June 2020; and
  • A Commonwealth government commitment to fund the GLSC Aboriginal Ranger Program from July 2018 to June 2021.


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