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Local trainee wins Parks and Wildlife award

Parks and Wildlife Aboriginal Trainee of the Year Keith Boombi with supervisor Alexander Scott
Parks and Wildlife Aboriginal Trainee of the Year Keith Boombi with supervisor Alexander Scott Parks and Wildlife

Diligence, dedication and perseverance are just some of the qualities shown by award-winning Kununurra-based Department of Parks and Wildlife trainee Keith Boombi.

Mr Boombi was recently named the 2014 Aboriginal Trainee of the Year at the department’s annual graduation and awards celebration.

Parks and Wildlife workplace assessor Steven Leeder said Mr Boombi deserved to be recognised.

“Keith has shown personal resilience, willingness to take on increased levels of responsibility and perseverance and dedication to his studies throughout his traineeship,” Mr Leeder said.

“Since his first involvement with the department’s student Bush Rangers program and assisting with biodiversity surveys in 2011, Keith has been motivated to complete his schooling and become a ranger.

“Through the Parks and Wildlife Mentored Aboriginal Training and Employment Scheme, Keith is a trainee with the Miriwoong Gajerrong ranger program and is showing great promise.”

Mr Boombi’s supervisor, operations officer Alexander Scott, said his young charge worked diligently and with initiative.

“Keith applies what he learns in training to a high standard on the job, completing tasks such as operating chainsaws, weed spraying, operating and maintaining quad bikes, fence construction, and crocodile trapping to achieve project outcomes efficiently and safely,” he said.

Over the last two years Mr Boombi has earned qualifications including Basic Bushfire Awareness, Level One Fire Fighter, Survival Training, and Tracking and Search and Rescue and has completed his Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.

Mr Leeder said Mr Boombi was not resting on his laurels.

“Keith continues to set and achieve goals - his sights are now set on completing a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management and becoming a fully qualified ranger.”

 

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