Youth Minister Hannah Beazley with Bush Rangers enjoying the annual conference.

Bush Rangers converge on Perth Hills Discovery Centre

Cadets WA held its annual conference in Mundaring where art was made and environmental protection was championed.
April 24, 2024
Peter W Lewis

THE annual Bush Ranger and River Ranger cadet conference took place last week at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre (PHDC), near Mundaring, which also celebrated 30 years of delivering environmental education from this all abilities site.

Participants got hands on experience in creating a giant artwork with an Aboriginal artist, helping to complete an original forest seasons artwork to welcome visitors, while Youth Minister Hannah Beazley handed out awards to young people who’ve made a difference in protecting and championing the environment.

Bush Rangers WA is coordinated by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) as part of the Department of Communities’ wider Cadets WA program, and is delivered through units – led by teachers – at 66 high schools, from Kununurra to Esperance.

“It empowers young people aged 13 to 17, to conserve the natural environment by developing their leadership and life skills, through community responsibility and service,” a spokesperson said.

“Across all Cadets WA programs, Bush Rangers has the highest levels of participation among female students; Aboriginal students; and students with disability.”

Bush Rangers is endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and participation helps students achieve WACE points towards their graduation, and during March 2023, the program celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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