Banjima Ranger Program

Established in 2017, Banjima Country Management's (BCM) Ranger Program is funded by the Banjima community and administered by the Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (BNTAC). Based in Tom Price, the program employs a number of Banjima community members as Rangers who undertake projects based on the Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan.

Since 2017, Banjima Rangers have participated in structured education and training programs to build capacity and become professional land managers. Each Ranger is enrolled in Certificate II &III Conservation Land Management courses and receives full educational tutoring and tailored training to match their ranger skill-sets and personal interests. Some of the units studied include:

  • fire management
  • cultural heritage
  • business studies
  • and administration
  • radio communications
  • work health and safety
  • environmental law

By spending time with Banjima Elders and specialists on-country, BCM's Banjima Rangers continue gain knowledge and understanding of their cultural and environmental landscape. Importantly, this increases our Rangers' capacity to implement projects identified in the strategic plan that will keep the country healthy:

  • Banjima capacity development                           
  • Surveys and monitoring                                     
  • Feral herbivore management
  • Water protection                                                  
  • Feral predator management
  • Cultural heritage program                                   
  • Mine activity engagement
  • Access management  
  • Weed management

Works undertaken by the Banjima Rangers to date include cultural activities at the Karijini Experience tourism event, prescribed burns and land management activities with park Rangers in Karijini National Park, feral cat baiting and rabbit control, community and cultural events, and Banjima led survey and monitoring activities on Banjima country.

If you would like to find out more about the program or how your organisation can work with the Banjima Rangers, please contact our BCM manager Joshua Pepall on (08) 9216 9888 or joshua.pepall@bntac.org.au.

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