Ngadju training program prepares for managing Country

[February 2015]

Ngadju Conservation have been busy with varied land management training activities as they progress with their Malleefowl and Invasive Weed program that is enabling them to manage their Country.

The program is a five year partnership between Ngadju Conservation, Gondwana Link and Rangelands NRM focusing on land management training and the development of a Conservation Action Plan to identify priority conservation targets areas and long-term management strategies.

The focus area is the very significant and biologically-rich section of southern Western Australia, where Ngadju country transects the Great Western Woodlands end of Gondwana Link.

“The program is even more important now that Ngadju have Native Title over some 10 million hectares of southern Western Australia, including exclusive possession over 5 million hectares of unallocated crown land in the Great Western Woodlands,” Ngadju Conservation Coordinator Les Schultz said.

Ngadju and Program ‘On Country’ Coordinator David Graham said the core objective is to link the many components of land management into future employment and economic opportunities that created jobs on country.

“This is being achieved through the establishment of a ranger program focusing on fire training for wildfire suppression and mitigation, the development of a conservation action plan and training in surveying and mapping of invasive weeds and malleefowl,” Mr Graham said.     

The fire training being conducted by Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is well underway and will culminate in mid-2015 with a workshop to develop a ten-year regional fire strategy in partnership with Dundas Shire, other land users and government agencies.

Gondwana Link’s Project Manager Peter Price said the program has now entered an exciting new phase.

“A partnership with Remote Jobs Community Program and Max Employment is linking the entire program with a Norseman based training program focusing on conservation land management,” Mr Price said.

The training program is integrated into the existing fire, malleefowl and invasive weeds program where trainees can participate proactively over an eighteen month period and meet the requirements of the Commonwealth government’s work training policy that further assists in preparing Ngadju to manage their land and be fee for service ready.

Image: Participants at the chainsaw training course in February 2015 (©Peter Price)