Working on Country
Over 70 Aboriginal rangers funded through the Working on Country program gathered in April 2012 for the first Southern Australia WOC Ranger Forum. The forum was hosted by Australian Landscape Trust and the Riverland rangers at Calperum Station, near Renmark in South Australia.
In this beautiful bush setting on the banks of the Murray River, participants enjoyed a week of presentations, workshops, discussion and field trips. A series of interesting and practical workshops were held with Aboriginal site recording, local bush tucker identification, quad bike training, and fire management being particular favourites. Aboriginal women rangers also had the chance to talk together about their work, and learn traditional weaving skills from local women. On the final day, participants enjoyed a boat cruise on the Murray River, fishing and a walk along a cultural track being developed by the Riverland rangers.
A short documentary of the forum has been produced through a training partnership between Change Media and the Ngarrindjeri rangers, and can be viewed at:
FORUM PHOTO GALLERY
Departmental staff (WOC project Managers and
Indigenous Land Management Officers) with Riverland Rangers
Photo: Tony Burgess
Fire management training: Andrew Patten (SA Country Fire Service) and Ambrose MacDonald (Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Rangers)
Copyright: CHANGE MEDIA