Federal Labor’s funding boost for Caring for Country policy

Posted: May 9th, 2019


Photo: Malgana Country. Photo by Jose Kalpers from YMAC, with the permission of the Traditional Owners

A key election commitment has been made to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to protect our country’s most precious assets.  Federal Labor announced its Caring For Country policy over the weekend – if they win government they will double the number of Indigenous Rangers, and double the funding for Indigenous Protected Areas over five years, as well as support these programs over a longer term, awarding 6 year contracts.

These important programs enable Rangers and communities to place a greater focus on protecting biodiversity— animals, plants and other species —as well as to conserving cultural resources, like sacred sites and rock art.

This pledge recognises the importance of the role Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities as care takers of our country. Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) urges ALL political parties to at least match this level of commitment, and will hold all of them to their election promises.

To learn more about Labor’s commitment and policies, go here