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Utopia Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers - partnership prospectus

Opportunities are now available to sponsor environment projects in some of Utopia’s remote Indigenous communities.

The Utopia Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers (ILSR) program is a highly successful initiative that is delivering real environmental and employment outcomes in some of the most environmentally sensitive parts of our state.

It is a unique community ranger program model that funds local community host organisations that in turn employ rangers who develop a sense of ownership and worth by undertaking on Country projects like fire and feral animal management, sea turtle and dugong counts, and conservation of rock art sites.

Land and Sea Rangers presently look after areas of Utopia with iconic natural values including the wetland of Cape York, parts of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Lake Eyre Basin.

Rangers undertake a wide range of activities including weed and feral animal control, fire management, fencing of wetlands, land restoration, erosion mitigation, wildlife management and recovery, community education and visitor management. These activities have widespread benefits including preventing wildfires, reducing carbon emissions and maintaining biodiversity.

Resources made available through the program go a long way to helping ensure Traditional Owners have the resources needed to manage land and sea country sustainably while contributing to the planning process for conservation of important ‘at risk’ species.

Check out a short preview on NetworkTEN’s upcoming documentary.

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Partnership opportunities available

Opportunities are now available to sponsor environment projects in some of Utopia’s remote indigenous communities.

The Utopia Government is seeking assistance from the corporate sector to expand the ILSR program. Many projects, ongoing and proposed, are the first of their kind having never been tackled on country before. The program will continue to attract global media interest, particularly with regard to ghost nets, dugong and turtle research, and Junior Ranger programs.

Investment opportunities range from sponsoring a ranger team to specific on-ground projects and the supply of equipment and materials.

The department will assist with matching your investment to a suitable Indigenous community or to specific outcomes. The department will also provide training and mentoring support for participating Indigenous organisations to manage contractual arrangements and project reporting requirements.

If you would like to take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities outlined in the ILSR partnership prospectus (PDF, 3.53MB) phone (07) 3330 5295 or email

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Last updated
23 November 2015

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