The Morrison Government is making sure Indigenous rangers have the certainty they need to invest in long-term programs for the benefit of southwest Victoria including Tyrendarra, Lake Condah and Kurtonitj.
In the latest Indigenous Ranger Program grant round, Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation has received over $5.2 million to fund their operations until 2028.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the funding will allow Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation to develop new activities so they can continue to care for country.
“Indigenous rangers are an integral part of our community, protecting and conserving country,” Mr Tehan said.
“This grant allows Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation to invest in career pathways, training pipelines, and develop deep relationships with a range of related sectors so the benefits spread out further into our community.
“It takes multiple skill sets and areas of expertise to successfully manage country across Australia’s diverse landscape and that’s why Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation has been selected, to ensure Tyrendarra, Lake Condah and Kurtonitj Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) continue to receive the care it needs from the people who know it best.”
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians, explained that this funding is part of the more than $746 million Indigenous Rangers Program.
“The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to long-term funding for the Indigenous Ranger Program, with 80 organisations selected to continue caring for Australia’s natural and cultural landscape for the next seven years,” Minister Wyatt said.
“This commitment helps ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples maintain a distinctive cultural, spiritual, physical and economic relationship with their land and waters to the benefit of all Australians.
“In addition to protecting Australia’s environmental and heritage assets, caring for country generates economic opportunities and social and cultural benefits for Indigenous peoples that strengthen the well-being of communities and benefit Australia as a whole.”