Election Commitment Delivered as Indigenous Ranger Grants Open

Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss, has today announced the new Indigenous Ranger Grants.

“The grants program is part of the Government’s new Protecting Country, Creating Jobs initiative. They will create jobs and deliver economic developments in some of the Territory’s most remote communities,” Ms Moss said.

“More than 50 per cent of land in the Territory and about 85 per cent of the coastline is Aboriginal owned or managed. The Indigenous Ranger Grants will provide rangers with the opportunity to enhance their capacity and capability to perform their very important roles.

“Many of the Indigenous Ranger groups are under-resourced to tackle the scale of the management tasks facing them. These grants will help overcome this obstacle and lead to important environmental outcomes for the Territory.

“I thank and congratulate the Aboriginal Land Management Advisory Group for providing advice on the grants program and its administration. They have been instrumental to achieving this important program,” Ms Moss said.

“Promoting these news grants is an important component of the program and I will be working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to ensure that Ranger Groups are made aware of the grants and that they have the support necessary to submit applications.”

The grants are divided into two tranches - $4.1 million will be available over two years for one off essential capital items up to $100,000, such as vehicles, and $2million per year for a Land Management and Conservation Fund to support projects that improve and develop conservation practices on Aboriginal land.

The announcement coincides with World Ranger Day, which commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers undertake to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

Interested Indigenous Ranger Groups can download the guidelines and the appropriate application form(s) at www.denr.nt.gov.au or via forms that will distributed to all Indigenous Ranger Groups over the coming days. Closing date for applications is 30 September 2017.

Indigenous Ranger Groups with any queries should contact:

Mr Keith Saalfeld - Director Aboriginal Ranger Grants Program, Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Ph: 08 8995 5039, Email: keith.saalfeld@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 31 July 2017