By South Cape York Catchments staff

Dean Nulty of Industry Accreditation, in association with South Cape York Catchments, recently conducted three on-country tour guide training courses with the Laura Land and Sea Rangers, the Bana Yarralji Working On Country Rangers and the Melsonby Rangers.

Training sessions provided rangers with essential skills for conducting tours and sharing knowledge of culture and country with tourists. The training, funded by Queensland Tourism Industry Council, has skilled rangers through the delivery of five units of competency under a Certificate III.

The training focused on selecting potential tour sites, and integrating traditional cultural and ecological knowledge. South Cape York Catchments Coordinator, Jason Carroll, said the training was an important step for the rangers, as it could be the beginning their own tourism enterprises for each of the participants.

“It has enabled the rangers to develop the skills and knowledge required to lead safe, enjoyable and successful tours," Mr Carroll said.

"The wider Cooktown community stands to benefit from further tourism enterprise in the region. With quality operators showcasing culture and country, Indigenous tourism can be far reaching in its customer base,” he said.

Dean Nulty was proud of the commitment and work given by indivdual rangers.

“Each of the rangers proudly led their group, and handled the difficulties that arise when leading a group of tourists," he said.

They expertly interpreted information on plants, art and cultural sites on their country, for the tour group,” Mr Nulty said.

Mr Nulty and the rangers enjoyed their time together sharing skills, knowledge and customs. The rangers are now equipped to provide quality tour-guiding services to customers, based on the Indigenous culture inherent to their country.