What we do
The environmental rangers work to protect and restore their indigenous land holdings and their projects rely on Government, private funding and their volunteer time. Some of their current projects are outlined below.
Mogo creek restoration
Mogo Creek runs through the centre of Mogo Village. The rangers have been working to restore the community creek with funding from the NSW Environment Trust Protecting Our Places Fund and SE Local Land Services. Works include weed and erosion control and replanting native and bush tucker plants.
A grant was obtained from SE Local Land Services to restore the Tomaga River wetland site which was suffering from erosion. Rangers installed sand bags, propagated and planted mangroves and fenced the site. Ongoing monitoring of the mangroves is done by the rangers.
Under the The Farms for the Future Project, part of the $25 million National Landcare Program investment that Local Land Services is delivering to boost farm gate productivity and improve environmental health across NSW, indigenous rangers from the two Local Aboriginal Land Councils have been employed in an on-going effort to combat marine pests on the south coast of NSW as part of the Seachange project.
This new project forms a collaboration between Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council, ANU's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Clyde River oyster growers and the local community. Rangers will also be trained to conduct a marine survey documenting the cultural significance and biodiversity of their local coastal environment. They will work with oyster growers to combat the invasive Pacific oyster and conduct trapping to control the European Green Shore crab.
The coastline contains numerous shell middens, generally located on rocky headlands, in back dunes of protected beaches and around estuaries and coastal swamps. Some middens also contain Aboriginal skeletal remains, such as those in the Tomakin/Barlings Beach area. The rangers are currently working to restore cultural sites at Tomakin and Barlings Beach Aboriginal Place with Funding from the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grant.
The Environmental ranger group have extensive experience in bush regeneration and weed control and most hold a Certificate II and III in Conservation and Land Management. They are employed on a contract basis to work on projects for Local Land Services, Eurobodalla Shire Council and private landholders. For more information on their fee for services please contact us.
Adam McCarron (Supervisor)
The junior ranger group (aged 15-18) participate in bush regeneration and weed control projects and have completed Tafe training in Conservation and Land Management.