Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Funding for Aboriginal rangers delivered

  • 13 Aboriginal organisations share in $8.5 million in round one of the Aboriginal Ranger Program
  • Projects to create about 85 new jobs and 80 training opportunities for Aboriginal rangers across Western Australia

The McGowan Labor Government has announced the first round of recipients for its landmark $20 million, five-year Aboriginal Ranger Program.

In Kalgoorlie to celebrate the awarding of funds, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the program was providing significant new jobs and training opportunities for Aboriginal people including 47 female Aboriginal ranger positions.

The 13 recipient groups will employ rangers to undertake land and sea management including conservation, cultural, tourism and education activities across a range of tenures.

The State Government will work with the successful recipients to finalise a funding agreement over the coming months. The Royalties for Regions-funded program is being administered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.



Grants awarded to community groups to protect river

  • 17 community groups receive funding in first round of Community Rivercare Grants
  • The not-for-profit volunteer groups will share $300,000 in 2018-19 

The McGowan Labor Government has today announced the first round of grant recipients for its Community Rivercare Program, which will see $900,000 allocated to community groups over three years via the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The funding will help deliver projects including foreshore restoration and riverbank erosion, reduction of nutrient inflows, native waterbird conservation, native fish habitat protection and restocking of native recreational fish species.



State Budget delivers environmental commitments

The State Government has announced key environmental commitments in the 2017-18 Budget including the establishment of a $20 million Aboriginal Ranger program focused on training, jobs and community development initiatives that deliver environmental outcomes.

Aboriginal rangers will be trained and employed to undertake land and sea management, including tourism operations and protection of cultural and biodiversity values across a range of tenures in remote and regional Western Australia.

To be delivered over five years, funding of $4 million is available in 2017-18. More information is available at