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Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program

We acknowledge that the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program exists due to the advocacy of First Nations people over many decades, and we pay our respects and gratitude to those individuals, communities, and organisations. We remain committed to partnerships that honour those who have come before us, and that build a future together.

Through the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program, the Queensland Government partners with First Nations communities to care for land and sea country, provide jobs and training and engage future generations.

Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger groups work to conserve Queensland’s important ecosystems and cultural heritage on country, in locations stretching from northern Cape York Peninsula to the Gold Coast.

Background

The Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program now assists First Nations organisations with grants to employ more than 150 Indigenous Land and Sea rangers across 37 of Queensland’s regional and remote communities. The program provides training, networking and partnership support for ranger groups.

Indigenous Land and Sea rangers deliver negotiated work plans that reflect Traditional Owner, local community, and Queensland Government priorities. Their activities include a wide range of conservation services including cultural burns, feral animal and pest plant control, soil conservation, cultural heritage site protection and biodiversity monitoring. Community engagement activities include Junior Ranger programs and local community events.

Minjerribah ranger undertaking prescribed burn.

Traditional Owners employed as Indigenous Land and Sea rangers deliver conservation services that successfully combine traditional knowledge of country and western science. Rangers are skilled in conservation work and bring experience, inter-generational knowledge sharing and formal conservation qualifications to managing country.

The program works with ranger groups to diversify their income. Investors are invited to partner in supporting this highly successful program and a partnership prospectus is available, highlighting the opportunities to sponsor Indigenous ranger groups.

Mapoon ranger managing the fruit fly monitoring project.

The success of Indigenous ranger programs in delivering outcomes for First Nations communities in environmental, social and economic terms has been confirmed through a variety of evaluations and other studies.

Further information

For further information about the program, please contact the program office on (07) 3330 5553 or email LandandSea@des.qld.gov.au.