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Aboriginal Rangers on the Eyre Peninsula

27 July 2018

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) has completed a scoping study for an Eyre Peninsula Aboriginal Rangers program. 

RDAWEP indigenous economic development officer and study author, Howard Coote, said that it had been an honour to work on the study, which is connected with other strategies in the region.

“The Far West Aboriginal Tourism Strategy and the Coastal Vehicle Access Decision Making Framework could both benefit,” he said.

The program is aimed at improving employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.  It is also intended to provide benefits to local schools and to international and domestic tourism, and to bolster local labour hire services.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula Aboriginal partnerships team leader, David Farlam, said there was cultural knowledge specific to the Peninsula that provided an Aboriginal perspective on caring for country.

“It shows great forward thinking, and I believe it will result in realising long-held ambitions that Aboriginal people have had to be actively involved in land management for the long term.”

The study was prepared in partnership with Aboriginal groups, and with input from local organisations and schools.  The Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula board will meet next month to consider its findings.