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Ranger and supervisor standing on Kimberley beach and discussing report data

​Indigenous rangers undertaking a coastal survey

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Indigenous rangers train for remote biosecurity defence

We have expanded our aquatic biosecurity defences across the Kimberley following the training of more indigenous rangers who will serve as a frontline early warning system against invasive species and other pests.

Workshops and training exercises were delivered to more than 60 indigenous rangers working between Bidyadanga and Kununurra.

Indigenous rangers are instrumental in managing the land, waterways and protected species in the Kimberley region. Their in-depth local knowledge of the land and native environment, strong connection to country and regular patrols to remote locations puts them in the best position to notice and report anything unusual or out of place.

The hands-on training included information and exercises on how to identify, report and respond to potential threats, as well as how to collect and process samples.

The program is an innovative and effective early warning system against biosecurity threats and has been further expanded to include junior rangers and more than 60 high school students in Derby.

The training was a collaborative effort which was partially funded by the Australian Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

If you think you have found or seen a pest, please report it to FishWatch on 1800 815 507, through the free WA PestWatch app, or WA PestWatch on our website.

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