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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.

The painting depicts a central meeting place with 20 people around it, one for each year of the program. It is in two halves, one to be with the Minister, one to be with the school; representing the collaboration between government and schools in running the program.