Top award for Kakadu ranger

At the awards ceremony in Darwin today - Kakadu park manager Sarah Kerin, Ranger of the Year Bill Fordham, NT Minister Bess Price and Director of National Parks Sally Barnes

At the awards ceremony in Darwin today – (from left) Kakadu park manager Sarah Kerin, Ranger of the Year Bill Fordham, NT Minister Bess Price and Director of National Parks Sally Barnes

The award winning rangers with NT Administrator Sally Thomas and NT Minister Bess Price (fourth and fifth from left). Bill is pictured beside Minister Price.

The award winning rangers with NT Administrator Sally Thomas and NT Minister Bess Price (fourth and fifth from left). Bill is pictured beside Minister Price.

I am thrilled and proud that one of our rangers has been honoured at the NT Government’s World Ranger Day awards in Darwin.

Kakadu’s Bill Fordham was named Ranger of the Year for the Arnhem region, for his dedication to the land and his work inspiring young people.

Bill has spent the last 20 years at Mary River in Kakadu as the leader of the Mary River Weed Program. He loves sharing his knowledge and has spent a great deal of time teaching on-ground management techniques to young Jawoyn and Wagaman people to develop their skills and nurture their work commitment.

The rangers at Uluru also received a well-deserved honourable mention for their hard work in hosting the royal visit which showcased the beauty and ancient culture of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the world.

Today is World Ranger Day, when we celebrate the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the multitude of tasks our rangers undertake every day, and recognise their hard work.

I extend my thanks and congratulations to all our Parks Australia rangers and all their colleagues further afield. And well done Bill!

Sally Barnes, Director of National Parks

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