Shark Bay traditional owners gain ranger training
A host of traditional owners from Shark Bay have taken the first steps towards becoming certified on-country rangers.
Six Malgana people undertook conservation and land management training this month with the help of lecturers from Geraldton’s Central Regional TAFE.
Malgana woman Marika Oakley said it was a good feeling to learn skills to gain employment on country.
“It’s the potential to be back out on-Country and have our own people as Rangers looking after Country,” she said.
“One of the most rewarding parts of the day was watching one of the younger Ranger’s confidence grow.
“In the classroom setting he was lacking confidence but once he got out on-country, he was just comfortable learning out there and watching his confidence grow and see him contribute to the group learning was fantastic.”
Yamatji Marpla Aboriginal Corporation secured funding for the Malgana Land and Sea Management project in June.
Malgana man Sean McNeair, who has extensive experience with the Murujuga Rangers in the Pilbara, was appointed coordinator of the project. Cody Oakley was appointed ranger’s assistant.
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