The Midwest Aboriginal Rangers project is being implemented in mid-west Western Australia, and operates across an extensive area - centred on the coastal city of Geraldton, and extending to Shark Bay World Heritage Area in the north, Moore River in the south, and inland for hundreds of kilometres into the Western Rangelands. Included in the area are several National Parks, an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), private protected areas, and other high conservation value landscapes.
Extending over a large and variable landscape, the region encompasses a number of different traditional Aboriginal tribal areas which include Malgana, Nhanda, Amangu, Wajarri, Badimaya and Yuat Country. This factor will provide opportunities for locally-focused team development and opportunities for rangers to learn from and gain experience from teams operating in different areas.
This project is providing new opportunities for Indigenous people from acros the region to engage in conservation and natural resource management activities that provide on-ground conservation and cultural outcomes, while simultaneously increasing project participants' job readiness through training and on-the-job career skills development.
The Midwest Aboriginal Rangers are undertaking a wide range of land and sea management operations, including fire and weed management, feral pest control, native flora and fauna monitoring and management, and documenting and protecting culturally significant sites.
This project is being delivered in partnership with the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council; the Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Western Mulga; Central Regional TAFE; Bush Heritage Australia; Australian Wildlife Conservancy; Ningham IPA; and local Indigenous organisations and communities.