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Indigenous rangers boost qualifications

Darwin rangers Keith Hayes and Leo Goodman have completed training in conservation and land management at CDU Darwin rangers Keith Hayes and Leo Goodman have completed training in conservation and land management at CDU

Indigenous rangers from across the Top End have enhanced their skills in conservation and land management at Charles Darwin University.

Seventeen rangers and trainees recently undertook a Certificate III or IV in Conservation and Land Management at CDU’s Palmerston campus.

The rangers learned a range of skills, including GPS tracking, law enforcement, wild fire control and computer training.

Vocational Education and Training lecturers Andrew Spiers and Tracy Blackney ran the course, which included on-site visits and training for students to test their classroom skills in real-life scenarios.

“These men are often very capable in the field, but haven’t got qualification recognition for their skills,” Mr Spiers said.

“This training helps students gain the skills they need to become supervisors in the future.”

Students came from across the Top End, including Litchfield, Howard Springs, Darwin, Berry Springs, Fogg Dam, Wildman River, Coburg Peninsula and Mataranka.