A pastoral training program in the Kimberley is providing practical skills for Aboriginal trainees looking to pursue employment in the pastoral industry.
A cohort of 11 participants have taken part in a week-long ‘boot camp’ introduction to pastoralism – the first of several modules aimed at delivering diverse theoretical and practical pastoralism skills.
The participants undertook leadership and personal development training, a tour of Roebuck Station run by Nyamba Buru Yawuru, and initial literacy and numeracy activities which will be built on in subsequent modules.
The introductory course will lead into a month-long boot camp to be conducted in March next year to prepare students for muster season.
The program is delivered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Aboriginal pastoral forums in the Kimberley and Pilbara have made clear that we need to encourage more young Aboriginal people into this industry.
“This program will focus on on-the-job training and mentoring – getting kids out with cattle and horses.
“This training initiative will guide the delivery of a broader four-year Aboriginal pastoral training program across the northern pastoral estate.”