Recognition grows for role of First Peoples in maintaining country

“Call to conserve wilderness areas” ABC – AM – Wednesday, 27 August , 2008 08:21:00
Reporter: Jayne Margetts

TONY EASTLEY: A new study has found that more than 40 per cent of Australia qualifies as unspoilt wilderness, making it one of the five most significant wild areas on Earth. But at the same time Australia has the world’s highest rate of species extinction because of threats from feral animals, invasive weeds and bushfires.

Environmentalists say the number of Indigenous rangers should be increased from 700 to 5,000 to help conserve wilderness areas.”

full story
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2008/s2347795.htm

“Call for full time Top End indigenous rangers

By Jane Bardon Friday, 31/08/2007

An Aboriginal group and environmentalists are calling on the Federal Government to establish two thousand permanent indigenous ranger positions to help fight bushfires, ferals and weeds in the Top End.”
full story:
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/nt/content/2006/s2021101.htm