A new round of students have started a land management course designed to support Traditional Owners work on Country. It follows the first Certificate III of Conservation and Land Management held in 2018 at the Holmesglen Institute, which saw all of the graduates employed in land management roles after the course.
The course, which has been given the name Warreen Beek Rangers by the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, has been designed specifically for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to learn skills to work on Country, providing accredited training in skills such as pest plant control, revegetation, construction, chainsaw use, occupational health and safety and cultural studies.
Students will also have the opportunity to work on properties that have conservation covenants, providing landowners with the chance to understand traditional knowledge while the students can learn about practical landcare techniques such as plant identification and threatened species.
The Certificate is delivered through a partnership between the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Trust for Nature and Holmesglen. It is offered freely to participants thanks to the support of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Zoos Victoria and the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.
Trust for Nature’s Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Manager, Ben Cullen, said it was fantastic to get support to run the course again. “There are so many opportunities for the graduates, a wide range of organisations have conservation jobs, such as local councils, natural resource management groups and other government organisations.
“Last year we partnered with 10 landowners on the Mornington Peninsula who had Trust for Nature conservation covenants on their properties and were able to complete works on their properties through the course. This year the Warreen Beek Rangers will have a focus on working on properties to improve Port Phillip Bay and its catchment.”
This fantastic program is creating tangible outcomes for course participants and covenantors, but there is no ongoing funding for the course to run beyond 2019.
If you would like to support this program to ensure it can continue next year, please contact Leanne Down on (03) 8631 5888 or Ben Cullen on 0407 044 821.