Chance to train as rangers – Mid West Times

Posted: August 8th, 2018

Journalist: Geoff Vivian, 8 August 2018

The ‘ Malgana people have been invited to train to become Abor­iginal rangers at Shark Bay.

Six opportunities have been cre­ ated to study for a Certificate I and II in conservation and land man­ agement. Some of the training will take place at Shark Bay and some at Geraldton. ·

Malgana elder Benny Bellottie, who is a member of the Malgana Land and Sea Country Reference Group, is encouraging all Malgana people to apply for the traineeships which include funding for travel, tuition and meals.

Mr Bellottie said the funding would help Malgana people work towards their aspirations for the management of their land and sea country in the Shark Bay area.

“Indigenous ranger projects support Aboriginal people to com­ bine traditional knowledge with conservation training to protect and manage their land, sea and cul­ ture, and also to achieve employ­ ment and environmental outcomes, alongside wider social, cultural and economic benefits,” he said.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Cor­ poration chief executive Simon Hawkins said it was hoped the suc­ cessful applicants would go on to pursue careers as rangers.

“If you are a Malgana person who is interested in learning about conservation and land manage­ ment, and are committed to com­ pleting the qualifications, we would like to hear from you,” he said. “However, please note, if suc­ cessful in receiving one of the training spots, this does not guar­ antee any future employment.”

A new position has also been cre­ ated for a co-ordinator to facilitate, support and manage the program. Applications close on August 17. For details contact YMAC project co-ordinator Teri O’Neill on 0418115 908 or at

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