NT Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss announced the recipients of the first round of the Aboriginal Ranger Grants Program, delivering another election promise.
“The grants program is part of the Territory Government’s new Protecting Country, Creating Jobs initiative,” Ms Moss said.
“These grants will support jobs on country, delivering economic opportunities in some of the Territory’s most remote communities.
“Aboriginal Rangers do an exceptional job protecting land and sea country across vast areas of the NT, and these grants will assist them through providing essential equipment and supporting on-ground land management activity.”
$2,843,069 has been allocated to successful applicants in the 2017/18 funding round for the two categories of the grants programs, including:
- 36 grants for essential capital items, equipment and infrastructure, and
- 12 projects under the Land Management and Conservation Fund to improve and develop conservation practices on Aboriginal land. A second tranche of funding for land management and conservation projects will be announced in early 2018.
Under the Capital Grant Program, the Mimal Barrapunta Ranger Station received $60,000 to upgrade their solar power system. Reliable power is essential for functional operation of the Ranger Station, as Barrapunta will provide a point for communications, safety and an over-night stop on a remote section of the Central Arnhem Road.
Under the Land Management and Conservation Fund, the Gurriba Island turtle sanctuary received $30,319 for monitoring turtle nesting. The Crocodile Islands are considered a site of national significance to marine turtles, and through the project Rangers will install automated time lapse cameras at a mixed species turtle rookery to monitor nesting turtles for improved conservation.
Ms Moss said Aboriginal Rangers provide a crucial frontline role in conservation and natural resource management and these grants recognise and support this important contribution.
“I thank the Aboriginal Land Management Advisory Group for providing crucial advice on the grants program, its administration and assessment of grant allocations,” Ms Moss said.
“Their advice in implementing this important program cannot be understated.”
As with other grant programs, recipients will be required to report against key milestones and outputs to ensure the effectiveness of outcomes on the ground.
Source: NT Government