Working on Country Photo Competition

To mark the UN International Year of Biodiversity, the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts held a Working on Country Photography Competition and Exhibition which opens on Wednesday 7 July at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

The photos entrants are from Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Area ranger groups and their communities.

From 7 July to 4 November, you will be able to view some of the amazing photo entries that convey the spirit or feel of a Working on Country project or Indigenous Protected Area. You can also place an online vote for the winner of the ‘Peoples Choice Award’.

The winner will be announced at the National and Indigenous Land and Sea Management Conference in Broken Hill on 5 November.

Working on Country

Working on Country is an important Australian Government program to advance biodiversity conservation, natural resource and heritage protection and to create sustainable jobs for Indigenous Australians. The program provides funding and capacity for Indigenous land and sea managers and rangers in remote and regional Australia to provide, under contract, environmental services to the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA). Through Working on Country and over five years (to 2013) up to 660 Indigenous ranger positions will be created across the nation.

This program contributes to the Council of Australian Government’s National Partnership on Indigenous Economic Participation to halve the gap between employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non Indigenous people within a decade.

Indigenous Protected Areas

An Indigenous Protected Area is an area of Indigenous-owned land or sea where traditional owners have entered into an agreement with the Australian Government to promote biodiversity and cultural resource conservation.  Indigenous Protected Areas deliver more than environmental benefits. Managing Indigenous Protected Areas helps Indigenous communities to protect their significant cultural values for future generations and receive spin-off health, education, economic and social benefits.

National Indigenous Land and Sea Management Conference
Leading Sustainable Traditions
2 to 5 November 2010, Broken Hill