• Participants in the camp were able to share knowledge and improve their skills. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
The annual camp has given Indigenous rangers a chance to share their knowledge and experience with each other, while improving their skills.
By
Stephanie Corsetti

Source:
NITV News
1 Apr 2021 - 4:39 PM  UPDATED 1 Apr 2021 - 4:39 PM

More than 100 people have taken part in the Central Land Council's bush camp for Aboriginal rangers to develop their abilities through training and networking. 

The camp brought together guests, trainers and speakers at the historic Hamilton Downs station in the Northern Territory. 

"The total rangers were 110 but we did have on the first day 100 people involved," the Central Land Council's Richard Hayes said. 

The Council said six groups outside the Central Land council region also took part in the training, which included inductions for new rangers.

"It's about health checks, eye checks, ear checks, diabetes checks just to make sure that they are okay to do their job," said Mr Hayes. 

Some groups travelled for hours to attend the event this year. 

Mr Hayes said it's also important to foster a sense of belonging within the group. 

"It's about sharing stories, but also success stories (and) sharing our common knowledge about land management, about issues that might arise, how they can share it amongst the groups and finding that common ground," Mr Hayes said. 

"Because we missed last year through the COVID, this training went better because it gave us more time to actually plan, so it was a success," he said. 

The Land Council's chief executive Joe Martin-Jard said participants had come as far as from Western Australia for the week of networking.