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Thamarrurr Rangers


From left senior ranger Maureen Simon with Augustina Kurawul and Neil Melpi.

The Batchelor Institute Conservation Land Management program in Wadeye has recently helped 2 young people, Neil and Augustina, join the Thamarrurr Rangers.

“Neil is a valuable part of the team here at the Rangers and works well displaying initiative whilst Augustina has made the transition from school to the Rangers with a minimum of fuss. Both are an asset to the Rangers.” Ranger Coordinator – Barry Williams

Neil Melpi joined the rangers in December 2012 and Augustina Kurawul joined in March 2013. Both started the Conservation Land Management VET in Schools (VETiS) program in 2011 when Conservation Land Management lecturer Jaemie Page was working for Taminmin College. In 2012 Batchelor Institute took over the program. Jaemie continued to work with Neil through CDEP and with Augustina through VETiS.

Working with different agencies across the community enables Jaemie to keep keen students engaged in a consistent work and training program and to follow on into full time employment. It is great for the rangers to have new recruits who already have some knowledge of weed control, machinery maintenance and safe work practices and can step straight into work.

For further information about Batchelor Institute VET in Schools programs please contact:
Faculty Administrator
Faculty of Health, Business and Science
Ph: (08) 8939 7395