- Round Five provides 17 grants across the State for projects up to three years
- McGowan Government builds on success of Aboriginal Ranger Program
- Program empowers Aboriginal people to care for country and culture
More than $10 million will be shared by 17 Aboriginal organisations across Western Australia in Round Five of the McGowan Government's Aboriginal Ranger Program.
It's expected to fund the equivalent of 40 full-time positions and is the first grant round under the Development Fund that helps build new and emerging ranger programs.
The Aboriginal Ranger Program has created more than 800 jobs through 49 programs since 2017. A further $16.5 million was allocated in this year's State Budget for continuing the program into 2025-26.
A report evaluating social outcomes of groups from Bidyadanga, Fitzroy Crossing, Dampier Peninsula and Esperance found the initiative is helping empower Aboriginal people and families through on country training, enhancing their connection to culture.
For more information and the list of successful applicants, visit: dbca.wa.gov.au/aboriginalrangerprogram
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
"I congratulate those who've been successful in this latest funding round and look forward to hearing more about their achievements.
"This program not only empowers Aboriginal people but helps develop community resilience and leadership.
"The McGowan Government is building on the accomplishments of the Aboriginal Ranger Program, providing valuable opportunities and making a real difference across our great State."
Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:
"The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring Aboriginal people have access to meaningful employment opportunities and the Aboriginal Ranger Program is helping this happen.
"This program ensures rangers continue to use the expert knowledge passed on to care for their country in a way that protects both cultural and environmental values."