This NAIDOC Week, the Coalition Government will invest more than $3 million to support the Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation to protect biodiversity and cultural heritage through Indigenous Protected Areas in Tasmania.
Indigenous Protected Areas put land and sea country management into the hands of Traditional Owners, providing environmental, employment and social benefits.
Nationals Senator Steve Martin said there were eight Indigenous Protected Areas in Tasmania as part of 76 across the country that would receive Coalition Government funding to continue their work.
“Indigenous Protected Areas support First Australians to work on land and sea country, achieving significant conservation outcomes, connecting with country and culture and promoting Indigenous business,” Senator Martin said.
“The Coalition Government is making a record investment in ranger programs and is proud to have now invested $727 million since coming to office and I am proud to be announcing this new funding as part of NAIDOC Week 2018."
Senator Martin said combined with Indigenous Rangers, these programs employ over 2,900 First Australians across regional and remote Australia.
“I’m proud of the record support provided to Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous Rangers by the Coalition Government, including a $30 million project to build the capacity of rangers to pursue employment and business opportunities in biosecurity, fisheries and border protection,” Senator Martin said.
“The Coalition is able to invest in these critical environmental and land management programs because of our strong economic plan and responsible management of the budget."
Tasmanian Indigenous Protected Areas
· Babel Island
· Badger Island
· Great Dog Island
· Mt Chappell Island
· Risdon Cove