News from WA Bush Rangers.

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.”

The task ahead

In the July school holidays 13 intrepid Bush Ranger cadets and their instructors from Rossmoyne Senior High School made the long trip to Millstream National Park near Karratha to give National Park Rangers a helping hand. They spent most of their time immersed in the water of Jirndawurrunha Pool removing the invasive weeds; water lillies and Indian water fern. When they did venture on to dry land it was to remove passion vine and date palm fronds.

Senior Ranger Neil Brougham said: “the kids and teachers ended up doing a heap of work and overall it was a very pleasing camp…we hope to see another group return next year. The Millstream Quiz on the final night is always lots of fun.”

Bushcraft and survival workshops were just some of the activities at the third annual Bush Rangers Kimberley region camp at Manning Gorge on the Gibb River Road.

Kimberley Bush Rangers Coordinator Sally Johnston said 95 cadets and instructors took part in the camp.

“The camp is in its third year and it was great to have members of the eight Kimberley units coming together” Ms Johnston said.

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