20 May 2013

Students uncover a piece of our state’s history

The longevity of the ranger training program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders based in Heywood, Victoria, highlights the positive work achieved by Lecturer Bruce Partland and the Conversation and Land Management team from the School of Life and Physical Sciences.

Their contribution and work in the Heywood region has provided young people in the area with the skills in taking care of the land of the Gunditjmara people, as well as a useful jumping off point into a range of careers.

For James Allen, an RMIT diploma student of conservation and land management, the experience has been an eye opener. "Coming here and hearing people's stories and learning a history that had been for quite a long time hidden, and not having much exposure to it, it's been really interesting”.

It is clear from the hard work exhibited by local rangers in caring for their country that by combining the teachings of local Indigenous history and significant cultural sites with student-led training, has had a positive impact for both locals and students.

For more information listen to Training the next generation of Indigenous rangers.

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