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PAWA is offering AUD$1500 sponsorship to assist an Indigenous ranger to attend the World Ranger Congress in Colorado, USA, 21 - 27 May 2016. Sponsorship may contribute to congress registration, accommodation or travel costs.


  • Aboriginality
  • PAWA membership
  • employment as a Ranger or similar classification
  • ability to source funding to cover the remaining costs of congress attendance
  • willingness to give a presentation or poster, suited to congress themes
  • commitment to provide a report on experiences at the congress

To apply, please send a brief expression of interest addressing each of the requirements above, including an outline of your presentation or poster topic, to Tegan Burton at, by 31st January 2016.

Applicants will be notified of the results by mid-February 2016.

World Ranger Congress information can be found at including congress themes at

PAWA'S Past news & events

  • 1 May 2015 - Twilight Sounds for the Thin Green Line - Neilson Park

  • 12-19 Nov 2014 - World Parks Congress - Sydney Olympic Park

  • 5 Nov 2014 - PAWA submission to the "Promise of Sydney" declaration - click to view

  • 27 Sept 2014 - PAWA Annual General Meeting - Middle Head, Syndey Harbour National Park

  • 31 July and 1 August 2014 - World Ranger Day - Awareness and fund raising events held by PAWA members in Queenbeyan, Coffs Harbour, Bathurst and Goulburn St, Sydney

  • 22 March 2014 - PAWA General Meeting - Middle Head, Syndey Harbour National Park

  • 31 July 2012 - World Ranger Day - Presentation Night - Blackheath

  • Sept 2012 - PAWA Annual General Meeting

  • 12 - 14 August 2011 - PAWA AGM - incorporating the CARA AGM - Mt Keira
    The 2011 PAWA AGM and CARA AGM will be held at the Mt Keira Scout Camp in the Illawarra escarpment....

  • 2 - 3 April 2011 - PAWA General Meeting - Potato Point, Eurobadella NP
    PAWA meeting held on Saturday 2nd April at Beachcombers Holiday Park, Eurobodalla National Park.

    PAWA hosted a Pizza oven and BBQ dinner for members on Saturday night. Local Area Manager Tony Baxter lead a field trip around Eurobodalla NP on Sunday.

    The gathering was a great opportunity to catch up on what PAWA has been doing over the last while, contribute to what we will be doing in the coming months, catch up with friends and colleagues, and with the field trip on Sunday there’s no argument it’s not professional development. download event poster

  • 25 November 2010 - PAWA TRIVIA NIGHT - Katoomba

    PAWA held a Trivia Night. The event was supported by the Blue Mountains World Heritage Unit. A quick presentation on PAWA with a cheese platter and nuts at each table was provided. Mixed dozen Wandin Valley Estate - approx value $300, was presented to the trivia team winners. Other prizes were given out through a raffle draw on the night.

    The questions will focused on general and local issues surrounding current affairs, environmental, conservation, world heritage, sports and some quirky questions for a laugh. The night was relaxed and enjoyabled by all that attended. Download the poster from the event

  • 14 October 2010 - PAWA AGM - Camp Cypress, Baradine
    PAWA joined our Western colleagues and held our AGM hot on the heels of the Western Branch Rangers Conference, Camp Cypress, Baradine. The minutes are downloadable here

  • 4 September 2010 - Equip Tanzania Fundraising Dinner
    PAWA dinner to raise funds to assist the village game scouts in southern Tanzania in their fight against wildlife the poster here

  • 15 August 2010 - PAWA signs up to the Boobook Declaration. The Declaration is a celebration of and for Australia’s biodiversity in all its variety: ecosystems, species and genes. It also calls on the Australian Government to act decisively to fulfil its international and national promises to protect biodiversity. Specifically in 2010; the International Year of Biodiversity. Read the full Boobook Declaration here. Read more obout here, Biodiversity is life.  Biodiversity is our life.
  • 31 July 2010 - World Ranger Day

    This is the day to commemorate the many Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty. It is also the day to celebrate Rangers and the work they do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. Read more here...


  • 5 November 2009 - PAWA AGM at the 6th WRC in Bolivia.
    •  12 PAWA members attended this Congress in Bolivia where PAWA became a formal member of the IRF and we handed over much needed fire fighting equipment GPSs and digital cameras to the APITKATXI indigenous rangers of north east Brazil. Read the AGM Minutes here.
  • 19 - 20 September 2009 - 2nd Annual Canoe Challenge and PAWA's 3rd AGM
    • Canoe Challenge 2009 a fantastic opportunity for an overnight camp, paddle and explore in the wilds of Wollemi National Park.
      ...all monies raised went to PAWA's "Equip the Amazon" project, providing vital equipment for indigenous rangers in the NE Amazon.

  • 31 July 2009 - World Ranger Day Presentation Night- Blackheath Auditorium, Blues Mountains
    • At this PAWA hosted event, Ranger and PAWA member Tegan Burton shared her experiences of ranger training in Amapa, Brazil; Den Barber, Sharyn Halls and Michael Jackson gave an overview of indigenous co-management in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and Ranger Chris Banffy shared his experiences in ‘working with the mob’ (local indigenous communities) in protected area management in the Northern Territory and in Western Australia. With more than 40 people attending the event, PAWA raised $416 for the Thin Green Line Foundation / Ranger Dependents Fund through door entry and $855 for Equip the Amazon through a fundraising raffle drawn on the night.
  • 13 May 2009 - PAWA Treasurer Steve Woodhall sent a submission to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. The commissions website is and the PAWA submission can be read by downloading the file here.

To see the archive of PAWA's past events of 2007 - 08 click here