The Strong Women for Healthy Country Project was started by a group of strong women leaders from Bulman and Weemol, including female Board Directors of the Mimal Aboriginal Land Corporation (Mimal).
With the support of Mimal the women of Weemol and Bulman set out on a journey to connect women working for Healthy Country and to better understand their needs.
In 2019 the first of three Strong Women for Healthy Country Forums was held in Arnhem Land, where over 140 women from 32 ranger groups gathered to explore and form a Northern Territory Network of women working in land and sea management.
Today this Network is known as the Strong Women for Healthy Country Network (SWHCN) and is owned and driven by Women of the Northern Territory. Mimal hosts the network, providing administrative support, overall coordination of the forums and manages the funds from grants and donations.
The role of the SWHCN Coordinator is to support the establishment and delivery of the SWHCN. This will include communications between stakeholders, funders and the many layers of the network.
Many of the governance and communications structures are still in development by the network and the coordinator will have to be responsive to implement and utilise these as they grow.
Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
“We are the Strong Indigenous Women of the Northern Territory. We stand united as one strong voice. We commit to a network that gives equal power to the rights of all our women.
Strong Women means Healthy Country.”
2019 Strong Women for Healthy Country Forum
The Network will aim to:
- Empower and support Aboriginal women to effectively care for and maintain a healthy country.
- Advocate for systemic change at both National and Territory government levels to ensure the role of First Nations women in caring for and maintaining healthy Country is recognised and valued.
- Provide a platform for women’s voices to be heard and respected on matters relating to land and sea management.
- Influence change within the land and sea management industry to improve employment outcomes and the inclusion of women’s voices in land and sea management planning.
- Support the SWHCN governance and communication structure including administration and logistics for the steering committee, working groups and network.
- Fundraising for the delivery of the Network and support positions.
- Support the delivery of the SWHCN forums in 2022
- Advocate for and attract new sources of funding targeted at supporting women rangers in the NT and nationally.
- Promote women’s leadership in Indigenous conservation and land management, including through the provision of training, professional development support and mentoring.
- Maintain communication and develop productive relationships with the national WREN (women rangers environmental network) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Australia as a key stakeholder
- Support attendance of Mimal rangers at future forums and events
- Support Ranger exchanges and knowledge transfer opportunities pursued by Mimal and other hubs
- Support the employment of women rangers and ranger coordinators across the Northern Territory.
- Tertiary qualifications in land management, natural resource management or education/community/youth development or extensive related experience in one of these areas
- Successful experience in a remote context, in particular the ability to support the sharing of knowledge or expertise and manage logistics
- Demonstrated experience consulting and working with Aboriginal people in relation to cultural, land and resource management or education activities and projects
- Good communication skills and competency in Microsoft Office and IT generally
- Current licence and experience in off road driving
- No impediments to gain clearance for an Ochre Card, or working with vulnerable people
- Knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of Equity and Diversity, Participative Workplace Practices, and Workplace Health and Safety and the ability to apply them in the workplace
- Experience managing and supporting a nonprofit governance structure, board or community group.
- Experience living and working in a remote Aboriginal community.
- Working knowledge of Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1976, Native Title Act 1993, Aboriginal Land Act NT (1978), Sacred Sites Act (1979) and the Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).