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Congratulations to Working on Country graduates


A partnership program between the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government has seen four Working on Country Aboriginal rangers gain professional qualifications in land management.

The four rangers, Shannon Mansell, Cindy Pitchford, Jessie Digney and Tony Burgess, were recognized at a graduation ceremony including PWS and TasTAFE staff, family and friends, in Launceston today.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) general manager Peter Mooney, said it’s fantastic to see such a positive outcome to the program both for the individuals and the community.

“We began this program to provide vocational education and training for Aboriginal people in Tasmania, in order to achieve long term employment outcomes,” Mr Mooney said.

“It is very satisfying to see these four staff have gained a Certificate IV and Diploma in Conservation and Land Management, which are significant professional qualifications.

“I commend them for their efforts, recognising that they had to balance work and family commitments while undertaking this professional development program.

“I’d like to thank the Australian Government for its investment in this valuable program and we look forward to an ongoing relationship and the opportunity to renew our agreement in 2018.

"Increasing our workforce diversity and understanding of Aboriginal heritage on the lands we manage is a priority and the connections these rangers provide with the Aboriginal community are invaluable.

 “I’d also like to thank the rangers’ PWS colleagues and particularly, the field centres where the rangers were based, at Flinders Island, Tamar, Prospect, Great Western Tiers and the Hobart office.

“The support they provided through mentoring, opportunities to participate in collaborative projects, and day to day guidance and encouragement has been instrumental in the program’s success.”

The rangers gained permanent positions with the PWS.


Congratulations to Working on Country graduates

From left, rangers Shannon Mansell and Tony Burgess, training coordinator Iris Todd, rangers Jessie Digny and Cindy Pitchford, PWS general manager Peter Mooney and TasTAFE division manager, Maree Gerke.