RANGERS: Gidarjil Development Corporation were awarded the North Coast Region's Community Training Initiative of the Year in 2018.
RANGERS: Gidarjil Development Corporation were awarded the North Coast Region's Community Training Initiative of the Year in 2018. TAHLIA STEHBENS

Indigenous rangers get funding boost

INDIGENOUS secondary students will receive a boost via expanded training and work experience opportunities with a new funding announcement by the Federal Government.

Gidarjil Development Corporation will receive $1.098million which will support up to 59 training placements for existing Indigenous rangers to get the training they need to expand their work, as well as 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.

The corporation's managing director, Dr Kerry Blackman said the funding will be put to good use.

"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,” he said.

Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the government was working hard to develop opportunities in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.

"Gidarjil's training and employment programs help Indigenous people gain the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue their career pathways,” he said.

"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.”


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