Laura Pearson is a talented and committed senior ranger supervisor, responsible for directly managing nine Indigenous rangers across three islands in the central Torres Strait. It was Laura’s passion and pride that inspired her to apply for a job as a ranger back in 2012, as well as the knowledge she had passed on to her from her parents about how to survive and respect the land and sea and receive from it when in need.
Working as a ranger has helped Laura build strong relationships within her community and with other delivery partners. Being a ranger is very empowering. It provides a meaningful career path and local livelihood, as well as opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and understanding to help manage important issues facing her people and their traditional land and sea country.
“I wanted to be a ranger, educating the community and our children. I wanted to achieve things for my community, so people are safe, and we live sustainably: protecting turtle and dugong, restoring and preserving our language, maintaining traditional gardens for community members to enjoy”.