Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Indigenous Protected Area - video


Indigenous Protected Areas create jobs and promote training and business opportunities for indigenous people. These employment opportunities allow indigenous Australians to care for the country in their own way.


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Indigenous Protected Areas are crucial for the environment, but the benefits don't stop there.

IPAs create jobs for Indigenous people and provide training and business opportunities. They're a great boost for regional economies.

John Patterson, Wattleridge IPA:
We want to try and get as many of our members to come out here and be part of it through work. Now whether that's working on the place, being part of the tour guides.

School tour:
"What tools did they use to shape the canoes?"
"With the canoe shaping they'd use sort of like rocks and they made a rope out of some of the vines around here and the grasses and they tied them up and then shape it out and let it dry out itself."

Lee Patterson, Wattleridge IPA:
There's opportunities for employment here with our youth and people. Some people who are thirty years old, it's the first time they've had a job in their life, they've been paid a wage in their life.

"OK we've got two more pieces to cut - one at 500, and one 480."

Lee Patterson, Wattleridge IPA:
And what we're finding now that a lot of young people are wanting to work out here too. So they're wanting to be looking after the country and that's good for us.

Doug Cutmore, Wattleridge IPA:
Six year ago I come out here. I developed tree climbing skills, fencing skills, weed spraying skills, mixing poisons and all that. From that I developed my own business from the knowledge I got from Bambai to go out and do my own, start my own business and that's working all right now. And I hope in the future that a lot of the young fellas can see that - how I've done it and I hope they can follow my footsteps.

Gavin Enever, Anindilyakwa IPA:
It gives us opportunity to engage local people and empower local people to look after their own country, in their own way which I think is quite a big point. But it does also give us an economy where people can be actively employed in land management and they can have a real job.

Sea Rangers:
"Come on turtle. Off you go. Off you go. Come on. Off you go."

David Campbell, Anindilyakwa IPA:
We go about doing our business through the land and making sure everything's alright and have a look at all the environment side of life.

"We just look out for these potholes so we can identify it as a hopping mouse"

I love being a Ranger, doing my stuff. Every day is a new thing for me.