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Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program

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 Cape York to the Bunya Mountains.

The $12 million per annum program assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with grants to employ over 100 Indigenous Land and Sea rangers across 24 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, support for disaster recovery 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.

Rangers share knowledge at annual Indigenous Land and Sea ranger workshops (PDF, 5.5 MB) , at which ranger teams from across the state gather, hear stories of success, meet with partners and undertake local field trips to broaden their understanding of caring for country approaches.

The program works with ranger groups to diversify their income and attract other investors. Other 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. These include a 2015 evaluation of the program which found that it is delivering on its conservation, First Nations participation and economic objectives.

Further information

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