The Larrakia Rangers are a long-running, urban-based Aboriginal ranger group. With income coming from both commercial enterprise and grant funding (primarily the Indigenous Land Corporation and the Department of Land Resource Management), our 22 rangers work across Larrakia land and sea country, which comprises the greater Darwin region west across the Cox Peninsula and east to the Adelaide River. The ranger group differs from other ranger groups in that much of the effort is directed to commercial work and employment and training. The Larrakia do not own any land under the western system so we work in partnership with landholders to care for Larrakia country.
Larrakia rangers carry out a wide variety of commercial work for clients in line with their training and experience. Some of the types of commercial work we do are:
- Weed control
- Erosion control
- Grounds maintenance
- Crocodile monitoring
- Marine megafauna spotting
- Fish surveys
- Wildlife trapping
- Water quality sampling
We have a range of clients, many of which subcontract with the Oil and Gas industry. Consequently, we have to meet strict industry standards with regards to heal, safety environment and quality. A lot of the landowners in Darwin are government agencies and we work for a variety of them at all levels of government.
You can view more information about our commercial environmental management and monitoring services here.
Larrakia rangers also work on community priority projects. We work on sites with cultural and natural heritage significance to local Aboriginal people, including Stokes Hill, Howard Springs, Mindil Beach and Emery Point. We have an on-going weed clearance and re-vegetation project at Tree Point near Gunn Point. We often work closely with partners such as Greening Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia and the North Australian Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA).
We also help to maintain a number of grounds of buildings and community spaces, such as Bagot Community Centre (managed by Larrakia Nation) and One Mile Dam. We also participate in community clean-up days on the town camps.
Training and Employment
Larakia Rangers primarily employ young Aboriginal people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We therefore have a strong focus on training and workplace readiness, which may include assistance with obtaining a Drivers’ Licence or a place to live. All rangers participate in training for a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, as well as unaccredited training relating to specific projects.
Where possible training is linked to the work Rangers are doing at the time, or to up and coming projects. This gives more relevance to the training and gives the rangers hands on experience with real work activities. Rangers are also exposed to traditional knowledge and learn about Larrakia country with Larrakia elders. Some of our recent training includes:
- Animal and plant identification workshops.
- Bird watching and counting workshops.
- Beach debris collection procedures,
- Basic computer skills
- Team leadership
- Spear and didgeridoo making
- Mentoring programs
- Driving lessons
- Marine work site OH&S
- Chainsaw operations
Our rangers are often a pathway into external employment in the industry, such as cross cultural training, tourism, mining and marine services.