• Up to $11 million available in latest round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program
• Innovation Fund designed to maximise outcomes from ranger programs
• Funding part of a $66.5 million investment by the McGowan Government
The McGowan Government has launched the Innovation Fund, offering up to $11 million as part of the latest round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program.
The Round 6 grants are available for projects that explore innovative ways to maximise the benefits of the program.
Projects should align with the themes of Protecting Country, Empowerment and Collaboration.
The Aboriginal Ranger Program helps develop community resilience and leadership by providing meaningful employment and training opportunities.
This new round of funding is part of a $66.5 million investment which has created more than 650 ranger jobs on Country since 2017 and supported management of nearly 500 significant cultural sites.
The Round 7 Development Fund will be launched later this year with up to $13 million available for new and emerging ranger programs.
Applications for Round 6 grants are open until 9 June. For more information or to apply, visit www.dbca.wa.gov.au/aboriginalrangerprogram
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
"I encourage all Aboriginal organisations with innovative ideas to apply for this funding. This highly successful program has proven to benefit both individuals and communities.
"The Aboriginal Ranger Program ensures expert knowledge continues to be passed on and to care for Country in a way that protects both cultural and environmental values.
"All it takes is one idea to make a big difference. Together we're making Aboriginal communities stronger."
Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:
"Our Government is continuing to invest in the Aboriginal Ranger Program delivering on our commitment to develop community resilience and leadership.
"The Innovation Fund focuses on protecting Country, fostering collaboration and empowering Aboriginal people and communities.
"We know the program is very popular and the McGowan Government is continuing to build on its success."