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TAFE NSW students caring for land and culture


TAFE NSW students caring for land and culture

TAFE NSW is facilitating essential land conservation training as part of the Working Together Aboriginal Communities Engagement Program.

Six Indigenous Rangers are halfway into a 12-month program to further their skills in land conservation and will obtain an Statement of Attainment in Conservation and Ecosystem Management from TAFE NSW Toomelah.

The need for skilled experts is growing in environmental and land conservation. In NSW, there will be an 8.4% increase in the number of park rangers employed throughout the three-year period from 2024 to 2025.

TAFE NSW has partnered with The Northern Gomeroi Corporation to deliver the program providing meaningful employment, training and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Northern Tablelands.

Indigenous Ranger Coordinator Gabe Boota said “the team are working towards their SOA in Conservation and Ecosystem Management. They are learning a lot and excited to be in the program.” 

“We are concentrating on community and supporting the trainees as they complete their training. This is the first time any of the trainees have had any sort of formal land conservation training and the guys genuinely love it.” 

The Federal Governments Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is investing $100 million over four year, through the Environment Restoration Fund. The Environment Restoration Fund builds on the Government’s $1 billion investment from 2017- 2023.

TAFE NSW currently offers a Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management, an entry point for people interested in bush regeneration and ecological restoration.  

To find out more about studying a career pathways course at TAFE NSW, phone 13 16 01 or visit

Media contact: Callum Darby-Linfitt, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, 02 7921 1823