Many RTOs across the Top End require minimum class sizes and can be costly due to travel, accommodation and equipment costs. Over the lifetime of the Ranger Teams, many have developed partnerships with other local businesses or organisations to assist with work programs, staffing, equipment or other operational needs, but many other organisations outside of the ranger programs do not have training as a key priority.
In the past 12 months, the training officer and related ranger teams have pushed for community partnerships to help obtain accredited training and in turn developed and strengthened relationships.
In 2018, the Bulgul Rangers undertook a swathe of operational training, but this could not have been undertaken without the support of the nearby Twin Hill Station Aboriginal Corporation, where NLC coordinated the training, Twin Hill were able to supply additional numbers to meet the minimum students and provided equipment, accommodation and logistical support, benefiting both NLC rangers and Twin Hill while helping strengthen the relationship between land managers in the region.
Similarly, in June 2019 the Malak Malak and Wudiculpidyerr Rangers undertook accredited welding training. Without support from Ironbark, who provided more students, welders and the workshop, Malak Malak Rangers and CDP participants would not have been able to undertake the much-needed training. Using training as a tool for community partnerships and collaborations has seen an increase in training of numerous ranger teams over the past year where training has not been possible due to remoteness, insufficient numbers and lack of resources.
By continuing this trend, the ranger teams not only develop capacity, but the entire community benefits from increased capacity and resource sharing.