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New Rangers

This program observes the National Parks and Wildlife Service as it conducts a training program for Indigenous people to work as wildlife rangers in Kakadu National Park.
Year : 1980 | Total Duration : 30 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
Director : David Roberts |
Titles. Six National Parks and Wildlife rangers carry crocodile to river bank and release him into shallows of the river. Recording measurements of crocodile's length. Ranger instructs trainees on how to identify the sex of the crocodile. High angle shot of crocodile sliding into muddy East Alligator River. Aerial over river and tributary, over sandstone escarpment of Kakadu National Park. Aerial over paperbark swamps and waterfalls (Jim Jim falls ?). WS of flock of birds in silhouette against blue sky, then landing on water.
Access No. 132909 | 4 mins 37 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Interview with Australian National Parks & Wildlife ranger, Ian Morris about their aim to inform visitors to the park on Aboriginal culture and the training program for Aboriginal rangers. Two Aboriginal rangers walk to outboard motorboat on riverbank of East Alligator River with four wheel drive parked in long grass nearby. Group of five rangers in boat down the river. MS of Aboriginal trainee rangers, Samson (Bill Neidjie's son), Victor, and James in boat. CUs on their faces. LS of boat down the river. Kevin Bulliwana from Mudginberri Station in Central Kakadu. Quick shot of sun on rippling water. CU on Michael Bungalung from Oenpelli area.
Access No. 132910 | 2 mins 27 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Australian National Parks & Wildlife ranger scraping rockface with brush in the creation of drippiness to stop water damage to rock art. CU of Daniel Gillespie, expert in rock art conservation. Pan across Ubirr Main Gallery rock art (sometimes called Mountford Gallery). VS of Dan instructing Aboriginal rangers in using silicone gun to create drippiness. CU on hand working on rockface and running water over rockface to test drippiness.
Access No. 132917 | 2 mins 5 secs | 1980s | Ubirr, Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan over rocky cliff face and three Aboriginal rangers walking over rocks and inspecting rock art. CU on Aboriginal rock art. Australian National Parks & Wildlife ranger, Ian Morris, discusses the involvement of Aboriginal people with Kakadu National Park and the confusion about the separation of the national park from the uranium mines.
Access No. 132919 | 2 mins 29 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over wetlands of Kakadu National Park. Aerial over Pancontinental Uranium Mine campsite. Two Aboriginal rangers arrive at camp site on three wheel motorbikes. Interview with Bill Neidjie a significant person in land ownership in the Gagudju region and his son Samson talk about the numbers of people coming to the area. Australian National Parks & Wildlife ranger, Ian Morris, talks to Bill about the Gagudju names for the area. Rangers emptying garbage bins in national park. Pull back from CU of old abandoned car to rubbish dump of aluminium cans and rangers emptying more rubbish onto tip.
Access No. 132920 | 3 mins 49 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Trainee Aboriginal ranger, Victor Cooper recalls the life of the Alligator people, or Gagudju people. WS of waterlillies on wetland and FS of lily leaves and flowers. WS of wetlands. Interview with Australian National Parks & Wildlife ranger, Ian Morris, explaining that Aboriginal peoples were conservationist in their care of the land and the National Park management desire to carry on this work through annual burning and culling of wildlife.
Access No. 132921 | 1 min 27 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over Kakadu National Park with water buffalo running over lowlands and flood plains. Closer shot of buffalo running through muddy wetlands. Heat haze WS of buffalo grazing near billabong and surrounded by water birds. Pan of mud flats of billabong damaged by water buffalo trampling earth and foliage. White jeep parked in bushland and pan to three trainee rangers at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation) within Kakadu National park. CSIRO scientist shows the difference in land protected from buffalo damage. Victor Cooper interview about protecting Cannon Hill.
Access No. 132922 | 2 mins 35 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Kakadu National Park rangers Vic Cooper and Ian Morris walk through thickly wooded, forested area of large tree trunks. Australian National Parks & Wildlife ranger, Ian Morris, about what Aboriginal trainees can teach him and that training is a two way concept. Aboriginal trainee, James riding tri wheel motorbike through wetlands with many water birds in background. VS of water birds in flight. Aboriginal rangers in boat along river. CU of James. CU of crocodile running into water and crocodile running along river bank. Travelling WS of escarpment, VS crocodiles in water and on land.
Access No. 132923 | 3 mins 30 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Boat on river in Kakadu National Park, two Aboriginal trainee rangers assisting in management of crocodile population, looking for crocodile nests, taking measurements and doing surveys from boat. Boat on East Alligator River at sunset followed by travelling shot along river. Night shot spotting crocodiles using spot light from boat. Baby crocodile on river bank in spotlight, brought onboard and measured at 500mm long. Australian National Parks & Wildlife ranger, Ian Morris, interview about his belief in a national park run by Aboriginal people. VS of Kakadu, rock art, pandanus palms, Aboriginal community by riverbank with campfire and MS of individual men and children listening to didgeridoo.
Access No. 132924 | 5 mins 31 secs | 1980s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |