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Date:April 18, 2023

Conservation and ecosystem students awarded at CLC Ranger Camp

Batchelor Institute graduates are pictured at the CLC Ranger Camp in March 2023.

Batchelor Institute graduates and lecturers are pictured at the Ranger Camp in March 2023.

A total of 28 rangers were awarded certificates in conservation and ecosystem management from Batchelor Institute during the Central Land Council’s (CLC) Ranger Camp in late March, with the Institute also delivering mapping and digital recording workshops during the camp.

The weeklong Ranger Camp was held in Ross River, near Alice Springs, and represented a major professional development and networking opportunity for ranger groups, allowing attendees to hone knowledge and learn new skills while connecting with other ranger groups in Central Australia.

The annual camps feature a wide range of workshops and accredited training, with this year’s opportunities ranging from first aid to 4WD driving, skid steer (bobcat) driving, side by side (ATV) driving, animal tracking, snake handling, dealing with challenging behaviour, and team building. Proceedings kicked off with a discussion about the Voice to Parliament referendum, centred on how the Voice could contribute to land management awareness and practices.

Over 140 rangers were in attendance, representing 14 ranger groups from southern parts of the Northern Territory, including North Tanami Rangers, Warlpiri Rangers, Kaltukatjara Rangers, Tjuwanpa Rangers, Muru-warinyi Ankkul Rangers, Anmatyerr Rangers, Ltyentye Apurte Rangers, Anangu Luritjiku Rangers, Murnkurrumurnkurru Rangers, Arltapilta Inelye Rangers, Anangu Rangers, Tjakura Rangers, Utopia Rangers and Walumgurru Rangers. Rangers from South Australia and Western Australia also took part.

Batchelor Institute Senior Lecturer Michael Walters and Lecturer Sam Hussey attended the gathering and expressed their congratulations to all students who received their certificates. Ms Hussey also highlighted the unique training and relationship building opportunities that the camp offered to both students and organisations.

“Attending the CLC Ranger Camp at Ross River Resort this year gave our team in Central Australia a unique opportunity to develop relationships with our training cohort, the CLC rangers,” Ms Hussey said.

“It allowed us to deliver some novel workshops, inform the ranger coordinators and managers of our training philosophies, and get feedback on their expectations,” she explained. “It was also fantastic to sleep under the stars and experience the beauty of Ross River.”

Batchelor Institute offers a Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (AHC21020), Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (AHC31421) and Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (AHC40920) at its campuses in Batchelor and Alice Springs and in remote locations.

The Institute’s efforts provide support to the CLC’s Ranger Program, which in turn is one of Central Australia’s most successful First Nations employment initiatives.

The 2023 Ranger Camp was the 15th annual event, with many organisations and participants already looking forward to next year and beyond.