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Supporting Jobs on Country: $1.4 million in new Aboriginal Ranger Grants Awarded

The Territory Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal Territorians to realise their social and economic aspirations, while caring for country, with the latest round of Aboriginal Ranger Grants.

Minister for Parks and Rangers, Selena Uibo, today announced 16 projects will share in $1.4 million in the latest round of grants, bringing the total amount the Territory Labor Government has invested in this Protecting Country, Creating Jobs 2016 election commitment to $12 million.

The re-elected Labor Government has promised a further $12 million in Aboriginal Ranger Grants over the next four years.

These grants have delivered outstanding results such as improved marine debris collection along the NT coastline and improved fire and weed management on country.

In the latest round of funding, 13 ranger groups have received grants ranging from $23,000 to $149,808, as part of the Land Management and Conservation Fund (LMCF) category.

LMCF funding can be sought for a various activities including feral, fire and weed management; management of threatened and iconic species; cultural management (protection of cultural sites and knowledge); training and skills development; environmental and ecological monitoring and evaluation; and development of governance structures.


Quote attributable to Minister for Parks and Rangers, Selena Uibo.

“The Territory Labor Government is delivering for Aboriginal Territorians by supporting Traditional Owners to unlock the economic and social potential of their ancestral lands and waters.

“Aboriginal rangers do a terrific job on country to keep our environment healthy and to preserve country and culture for many generations of Territorians to come.

“The Territory Labor Government is pleased to continue this vital grants program for a further four years.

“The custodians of the Territory’s Aboriginal-owned lands and seas deserve more opportunities for jobs on country and these grants deliver those opportunities.”



Anindilyakwa Land Council 


Monitoring green turtles on Groote Eylandt to inform conservation, education and inspire community support for their sustainable management

Thamarrurr Development Corporation Ltd 


Aerial support for collaborative management of Gamba grass and Mimosa across the Western Top End (WTE) NT

Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation 


Documenting Jawoyn faunal information in a Wildlife Identikit to strengthen knowledge, protect culture and help look after country.

Central Land Council


Developing a Healthy Country Plan for the Arltarpilta Inelye Ranger Group in Central Australia

Tiwi Land Council


2020-2021 Tropical fire ant eradication on Melville Island

Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation


Protecting the biodiversity and cultural values of the Arafura Swamp in Arnhem Land through the strategic management of Mimosa

Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation


Mparntwe/Alice Springs Bushcare Project

Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation


Larrakia Rangers and CSIRO – Tracking changes in our atmosphere at Northern Territory Baseline Air Pollution Station (NT BAPS)

Warddeken Land Managerment Limited


Feral animal control and capacity building in the Warddeken IPA

Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation


Jawoyn Living Rock Art: Reviving community-based Jawoyn rock art recording and management

Injalak Arts & Crafts Aboriginal Corporation


Injalak Hill Cultural Heritage Strategy and Action Plan

Njanjma Aboriginal Corporation


Njanjma’s sandstone country - developing priorities for conservation actions

NLC - Bulgul Rangers


Bulgul Feral Pig Management & Training Project

NLC - Garngi Rangers


Creating a Healthy Country Plan for the Aboriginal Land Trust including the areas of Croker Island, smaller islands surrounding and adjacent area on mainland.

NLC - Wardaman Rangers


Protecting the Wardaman Indigenous Protective Area from feral animal and weed threats. Capacity building for potential fee-for service opportunities and long term self-funding security.



This project proposes a ranger grant investment to assist with a partial (matched) contribution to the development of a regional aggregation ‘entity’ for the purpose of registering, governing and assisting with the administration of carbon projects / businesses outside the East Arnhem / AFLA envelope.


Media contact: Kim Stephens 0417 683 144