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    13059: Weed management in the Great Western Woodlands

    Rangers participated in hands-on training to build their chemical handling skills. Courtesy Darren Forster, Goldfields Land and Sea Council.
    Rangers participated in hands-on training to build their chemical handling skills. Courtesy Darren Forster, Goldfields Land and Sea Council.

    The Great Western Woodlands is a place of cultural importance to the Aboriginal people of the area - the Ngadju Nation. It is also the largest remaining area of intact Mediterranean-climate habitat in the world; home to 3000 flowering plant species, making up 20 per cent of Australia's known flora, and a diverse range of animals some of which are endemic to the area.

    The Woodlands are under threat from invasive weeds.

    This project aims to build on the skills and knowledge of local Aboriginal ranger teams so they can take care of their country.

    Twelve rangers will participate in a six day training camp on country where they will undertake accredited training in weeds and chemical handling and senior first aid. This will be followed with paid on-ground work in weed control and chemical spraying.

    It is hoped that this program will help build strong relationships between Aboriginal Ranger Teams in the Goldfields and environmental organisations.

    Investment: $ 25 000
    Delivery organisation: Goldfields Land and Sea Council
    Project duration: April 2014 - December 2014
    Location: Great Eastern Highway, Shire of Coolgardie
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