The Chuulangun Ranger Program started in 2006 with support from Bush Heritage Australia to employ one land manager officer to assist with urgent and immediate on-ground land management work across the Northern Kaanju Ngaachi Indigenous Protected Area. In 2008 Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation signed agreements with the Queensland Government under the Wild River Rangers Program (since 2012-13 known as the Land and Sea Indigenous Rangers program) to employ three rangers to support land management and protection on the upper Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers. This was followed by an agreement with the Australian Government's Working on Country Program under the Caring for Our Country Initiative to employ an additional three rangers at Chuulangun. Our Working on Country project has recently been extended to 2017.
Our goal is to have at least 20 Chuulangun Rangers employed working across the IPA and the wider 840,000 hectares of the Kuuku i'yu Northern Kaanju Ngaachi.
With funding support from the state and federal governments we have established a ranger office with telephone and wireless internet access, and computers with GIS mapping capability. We have also enhanced our vehicle fleet with two 4WD ranger vehicles, three quad bikes, an amphibious vehicle, 6-seat ATV and boat for wet season work.
Our rangers are kept busy with a comprehensive work program which includes monitoring, mapping and control of weeds and feral animals, surveying of flora and fauna in collaboration with scientists, patrolling the homelands and educating visitors about our cultural and land management protocols, fire management, and maintenance of property, plant and equipment. As well as on-ground work our rangers are undertaking accredited training in Conservation and Land Management (CALM).
The 2016-17 work program for the Chuulangun Rangers includes:
Feral animal management including cat and pig control
Tackling weeds on the Kaanju Ngaachi IPA and wider Kuuku I'yu Northern Kaanju Ngaachi (including WONS)