- Media Release
Doubling of Indigenous rangers to boost Australia’s minerals eco-system
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers are an integral element in Australia’s minerals eco-system playing an important and ongoing role across mining sites and processing facilities.
The federal government’s announcement today on World Ranger Day that the Indigenous Rangers program is on track to double the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers to 3,800 by 2030 is welcome news.
This commitment ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be the custodians of their Lore and caretakers of the flora, fauna, land, rivers and seas of their homelands.
The Australian minerals industry continues to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rangers through the vast array of work that is undertaken each year.
This includes cultural burning and bushfire mitigation, biodiversity conservation and invasive species management, cultural heritage protection as well as maintenance and biosecurity monitoring.
Intergenerational wealth outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people while protecting their Lore and continuing to practice their cultural customs within their homelands is a key pillar of the Indigenous Rangers Program.
The MCA supports all efforts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain a connection to Country while achieving economic prosperity for current and future generations.