News from WA Bush Rangers.

The photo shows Jasmine Hensley and Ethan Betts-Ingram from Mount Lawley presenting the painting to the Minister, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC.

Bush Rangers is celebrating its 20th Birthday! Since its inception in 1998, the program has seen more than 19,000 young people take part, contributing 1.9 million volunteer hours to conservation and community projects.

There are currently 64 cadet units around the State from Kununurra to Esperance, comprising more than 3,200 secondary school students. Students take part in regular camps, where they carry out planting, fencing, or weeding, as well as adventurous activities including abseiling, swimming with whale sharks, and rock climbing.

To commemorate our Birthday, Bush Rangers presented the Minister for Environment and Disability Services, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC with a painting. The painting was created by young Aboriginal artist Jade Dolman, herself a former Bush Ranger at Mount Lawley Senior High School, and current cadets at Mount Lawley.

Albany Education Support Centre  weeding at Yakamia Creek

Bush Rangers now operates in 66 secondary schools around the State, with each cadet unit doing between 90–1000 hours on volunteer projects a year.

Bush Rangers program coordinator Richard Olive said volunteering was a big part of the environmental youth program.

“Providing opportunities to experience and understand our natural environment is key to Bush Rangers; but even more important is to provide cadets with opportunities to ‘give back’ by taking part in volunteer projects,” he said.

“Projects take many forms, such as: revegetation on reserves or with private landowners; dune rehabilitation; wildlife monitoring (such as turtles and malleefowl); litter pick-ups; ANZAC ceremonies in local communities; paper collection; beach clean-ups; greening of school grounds; seed collection and even helping in an Indigenous aged care facility in Broome.”

John Tonkin College in Mandurah  -  tree planting project on Yamdana

John Tonkin College in Mandurah have set up a tree planting project on ‘Yamdana’, a property near Pingrup.  The trees are being planted to help recover salt-affected land on the wheatbelt property.

The Bush Ranger Cadets from Broome Senior recently spent a week up the Dampier Peninsular engaging with culture, environment and fellow cadets.

Thanks to a small contribution from The Shire of Broome the Bush Ranger Cadets spent 3 nights camping at Bindukk with Brian Bin Saaban (Bran Nue Dae, Kriol Kitchen) before finishing the week long adventure at Pender Bay (Whale Song Cafe and Campgrounds). 

Drill with navy cadets
Performing drill with the Australian Navy Cadets

Fishing workshops, bird identification seminars and a drill lesson with Broome’s Australian Navy Cadets were all part of the program for participants in the fifth annual Kimberley Bush Rangers Conference last weekend.

The professional development weekend offered Kimberley teachers, education assistants and volunteers involved in Parks and Wildlife’s Bush Rangers WA cadet program an opportunity to network and share ideas whilst planning the coming year’s activities for their cadets.

Parks and Wildlife’s Kimberley Bush Rangers Coordinator, Sally Johnston, said over half of this year’s conference participants were new to the program.

“We hold this event at the start of the school year to provide an induction to new staff,” said Ms Johnston. “It’s great to see new participants gain the confidence and enthusiasm to go back and start running new projects in their local communities.”

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