John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

John McVeigh MP

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FAQ - Indigenous rangers

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Coalition Government is committed to supporting funding for Indigenous rangers and has supported its implementation and expansion since an Indigenous ranger program was established by the Howard Government in 1997. 

The Coalition has maintained and built on this support by increasing the funding available for Indigenous rangers to record levels since it entered Government in 2013.

More than 2500 jobs are provided for Indigenous Australians as a result of the Coalition Government’s investment of more than $550 million for Indigenous rangers over seven years to 2020 and more than $180 million for Indigenous Protected Areas over 10 years to 2023.

Indigenous rangers undertake important work to protect and conserve threatened species, marine systems and cultural places, and address environmental threats caused by feral animals, invasive weeds, marine debris and wild fire.

The Coalition Government has committed to continue to fund rangers until at least 2020 and the Government is working with Indigenous ranger groups to extend these contracts. 


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