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More Cash For Indigenous Rangers In CQ

The LNP is delivering new jobs and economic opportunities for Indigenous rangers in Central Queensland with a $1.098 million grant to the Gidarjil Development Corporation to support Indigenous rangers, unlock new commercial ventures and provide training and work experience for Indigenous secondary students in the Bundaberg and Gladstone regions.

The Liberal Nationals Government will provide $955,290 through the Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy to expand the work of Gidarjil rangers and $142,569 to employ more locals in the program.

The funding will support up to 59 training placements for existing Indigenous rangers to get the training they need to expand their work. Funding will also provide training and work experience for up to 16 Indigenous secondary students to learn what it is like to be a ranger.

Training opportunities for locals include Certificates II and III in Conservation and Land Management as well as opportunities in fields such as pest management, tourism and hospitality.

Gidarjil will also be able to purchase a brand-new vessel to expand the services and operations that can be provided at sea.

LNP Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said this significant funding boost would allow Gidarjil to better support locals and the economy through the creation of more jobs

“The LNP is committed to creating more jobs for as many Central Queenslanders as possible and this funding is part of our plan to build a stronger economy for everybody in our community,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“Gidarjil’s training and employment programs help Indigenous people gain the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue their career pathways.

“That’s why we are helping fund the future delivery of the organisation’s services. The provision of additional training will enable the development of new skills, knowledge and competencies.

“That’s the key to improving the economy and improving the lives of locals. We want qualified individuals contributing to their community and we are helping make that happen in Bundaberg and Gladstone.

“Our support for Gidarjl is a win for the local economy and a win for the people who call the area home.”

Managing Director of the Girdarjl Development Corporation Dr Kerry Blackman said that “this is an exciting development of the highly successful Aboriginal Land and Sea Ranger Program which is delivering real environmental and employment outcomes in regional communities”.

Minister Scullion said the funding would support specific projects to generate additional revenue.

“Emerging opportunities include expanding turtle protection, traditional fire stick burning for weed and forest management, and water quality management support,” Minister Scullion said.

“The new custom-built vessel will operate in offshore waters and will allow the organisation to undertake fee for service activities across a much broader area of sea country.

“The Liberals National Government is delivering record investment in Indigenous Rangers and delivering important environmental, biosecurity, cultural and economic outcomes for remote communities, as well as all Australians.

“The Liberal Nationals Government is committed to supporting more jobs for all Australians and we are excited to see the next generation of Indigenous rangers benefit from this funding.”