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INDIGENOUS JUNIOR RANGERS BENEFIT FROM NEW RESOURCE

Monday, 21 March 2016

Press Release - Thursday 17th  March 2016 INDIGENOUS JUNIOR RANGERS BENEFIT FROM NEW RESOURCE

The launch of a new Junior Ranger Guide will provide Indigenous Ranger Groups across Queensland with additional support when engaging young people to care for land and sea country.

Produced by the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA), the Junior Ranger Guide provides a series of activity and event planning tips around environmental themes including community camps, migratory bird surveys, Aboriginal knowledge systems, the "big clean up", knowing your creek or estuary, and the magic of fire.

Julie Nash, Executive Officer, AUSMEPA, explained that the Junior Ranger Guide has been developed as an educational resource, with activities to be delivered by Indigenous Rangers who had considerable knowledge and experience to share with young people. "Indigenous Rangers have generously contributed their time and expertise to help develop this resource, which can now be shared with colleagues and groups across Queensland. Many Ranger groups are already working with local schools and youth groups to teach them about the importance of caring for country. The Junior Ranger Guide provides them with some ready reference material to aid this engagement".

Louise Stone of the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council said that their group recognised the importance of engaging the next generation in caring for the local environment. "Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers view this guidebook as a valuable resource that will assist us when we undertake activities with students. The kids definitely see the Rangers as role models, with many expressing an intention to study hard and get jobs as the Rangers of the future. The Junior Ranger Guide will be of real assistance to us in organising and managing these educational events particularly those times when we get last minute requests from schools and groups to present an activity."

According to Julie Nash, AUSMEPA shares an interest with Indigenous Ranger groups in nurturing an awareness in young people of the importance environmental stewardship from the land (or mountains) to the sea. "We are really pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Ranger groups on the Junior Ranger Guide, and of course none of this would have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors - North Qld Bulk Ports, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Rio Tinto, Port of Brisbane, Holman Fenwick Willan and Milbay Australia. This valuable resource is a credit to all."

Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection, Dr Steven Miles, said the Junior Ranger Guide was an authentic and interactive resource. "Kids will love this fantastic book. It enables children of all ages to learn from Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers about their local environment and caring for county. I congratulate AUSMEPA on their hard work in pulling this together over the last couple of years."
AUSMEPA Chairman Captain Warwick Norman added "The Junior Ranger Guide reflects AUSMEPA's strategy of engagement through youth and education. As a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting Australia's precious marine environment, we believe that quality educational resources that fit within the school curriculum will enhance awareness of marine sustainability challenges and solutions."
Go to www.ausmepa.org.au and click on the Guidebook for pdf version

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About AUSMEPA
The Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA) is dedicated to protecting Australia's marine environment, which hosts an abundance or precious marine resources and an array of fine beaches.

AUSMEPA is a not-for-profit supported by leading maritime companies, individuals and organisations. Funds raised are used to create no-cost, innovative and practical educational resources for schools, seafarers and other users of the marine environment.

AUSMEPA's range of interactive- web based educational programs for schools and the community are available from www.ausmepa.org.au
Free posters are also mailed to schools upon request.

AUSMEPA is a founding member of the International Association of Marine Environment Protection Associations (INTERMEPA): www.intermepa.org

For further information
Julie Nash - Executive Officer
0412 876 109 julie.nash@ausmepa.org.au
www.ausmepa.org

Project Sponsors
AUSMEPA are grateful to the following supporters, without whom this project would not have been possible: