Show Me The Way Blog

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Rangers now inspectors

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

By Alf Wilson

Seventeen North Queensland Indigenous rangers have become marine park inspectors, boosting the ability of traditional owners and local communities to help protect the Great Barrier Reef and sea country.

The graduates now have ‘name and address inspector powers’, which makes it an offence for suspected offenders to refuse to provide their details if rangers want them.

The graduation ceremony on March 1 marked the conclusion of the Federal Government’s pilot Indigenous Ranger Compliance Enhancement Program under the Specialised Indigenous Ranger Program (SIRP), which hasresulted in 26 rangers.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority field management director Richard Quincey said the qualifications enabled traditional owners to be more involved in supporting and managing sea country.

“Indigenous rangers are invaluable as eyes and ears in the marine park. Many rangers come from, live and work in remote communities and bring extensive local knowledge and insights,” he said.

We’re delighted to have the Indigenous rangers involved in joint vessel patrols and aerial surveillance throughout the park.

“Graduates now have the formal powers to help us gather the evidence we need to support compliance actions, a major focus for the authority to protect the reef and support its recovery.”

New inspectors, back from left, Christopher Muriata, Neville Bowen, Sean Walsh, Tarquin Singleton, Clinton Woodman, Charmain Bowen, Bradley Creek, Colin Doughboy, Neil Leo, Gauai Wallace and Christopher Lifu and, front, April Thomas, Laurissa Mundraby, Gavin Singleton, Harry Ludwick, Michael Hale, Wayne Sycamore and Regan Hart.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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