Jawoyn rangers assisted with hosting the CARA national ranger conference at Nitmiluk last week. Rangers from around Australia descended on Katherine for an informative forum with fun side activities.
Jawoyn rangers presented on 4 topics including our Territory Conservation Agreement, Gamba control, savanna burning methodology and joint management. Some of our rangers are members of Northern Territory Ranger Association and participated in national council meetings and the NT AGM. A celbratory cake was cut for the 25 year anniversary of the International Ranger Federation as this organisation founded in 1992, has a membership of 63 ranger associations from 46 countries, on six of the seven continents
Jawoyn rangers also lead tours for our visiting colleagues to Hot Springs, Leliyn Falls and a bush walk through Nitmiluk. It was a lot of fun and we hope to meet our ranger friends again possibly where they work.
Jawoyn rangers commenced our civil construction course which is fully funded by CMFEU. We began clearing our fence line for our Territory Conservation Agreement with the equipment provided for training. We will use an excavator, grader and our tipper and frontend loader. 2 kms were cleared and graded after our first few days of training.
Looking forward to the next sessions!
2 separate camps took place within Nitmiluk National Park on the last week of school holidays. Steven Andrews took 20 Jawoyn youth to Nitmiluk Gorge to fish, canoe and walk for the week. He was assisted by 2 casual rangers and 2 elders. Everyone thought it was awesome. Walking on the Nitmiluk gorge stone country was hard going, but canoeing back down was very rewarding.
The other expedition had 20 men head off to the very top of the Fergusson headwaters on the Marrawal Plateau. The stone country before where the river pummels down to the low country below has much rock art. Old know sites were revisited and assessed and new sites where found throughout the week.