Kaurna Ranger course graduate reaches key milestone

An inaugural participant in DEW’s Kaurna Ranger Training Program has added to his list of achievements, recently gaining his Wardens Regulatory Compliance certificate.

Ranger Farrin Miller and Senior Ranger Gavin Agius at the Wardens Regulatory Compliance training held at Brukunga in the Adelaide Hills earlier this month

It was only last year that Ranger Farrin Miller participated in the program, facilitated by DEW in conjunction with Aboriginal employment agency RAW and TAFE SA.

The 14-week program was led by Kaurna Elders Jeffrey Newchurch and Merle Simpson, in partnership with what is now known as the Green Adelaide/Hills and Fleurieu Landscapes regions and National Parks and Wildlife Services South Australia (NPWSSA). The program provided participants with an introduction to ranger skills, through theory components at TAFE and on-ground works with ranger staff.

Farrin completed the program as part of a Certificate 111 in Conservation and Land Management, which enabled him to work on Country within the Adelaide area with rangers from NPWSSA.

For Farrin the opportunity was life changing.

‘I learnt so much through the program and working with rangers,’ Farrin said.

‘It made me much better prepared to apply for a job as a ranger. And soon after I was employed a ranger based at Para Wirra Conservation Park.’

Now that he’s completed the Wardens Regulatory Compliance training he is a certified NPWSSA Warden.

‘The wardens’ training was great because it was so practical. The presenters shared valuable information that I can take straight back to my job as a ranger,’ Farrin said.

Farrin’s supervisor, Senior Ranger Tammy Leggett, was excited to see how the Wardens Regulatory Compliance training enabled Farrin to expand on the skills he developed through the Kaurna Ranger Training Program and his ranger position at Para Wirra.

‘It’s amazing to see what Farrin has achieved in the past year,’ Tammy said.

‘The Kaurna Ranger Training Program gave him a great grounding and since then he’s had an opportunity to apply those skills in the Wardens Regulatory Compliance training and through his on park work at Parra Wirra.’

Farrin’s success will soon be emulated by a fellow participant from the 2019 Kaurna Ranger Training program, Phillip Dudley, who is about to undertake the Wardens Regulatory Compliance training later this month that will see him become an authorised warden.

For more information about the Wardens Regulatory Compliance training contact Coordinator Authorised Officer Training and Governance Hannah Dridan or visit the Compliance Officer Training iShare page (internal access only).