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CLC ranger wins 2015 NT Young Achiever Environment Award

Posted: Mon, April 13, 2015

Senior CLC ranger Clayton Namatjira of the Muru Warinyi Ankkul ranger group from Tennant Creek has won the 2015 NT Young Achiever Environment Award.

Senior Central Land Council ranger Clayton Namatjira from the Muru Warinyi Ankkul rangers of Tennant Creek has won the prestigious Conoco Phillips Environment Award in the 2015 NT Young Achiever Awards.

Clayton, 28, excelled in the workplace and became a role model for his CLC colleagues and young Tennant Creek people after overcoming literacy and numeracy challenges.

CLC director David Ross applauded Clayton’s abilities and commitment to caring for country.

“He’s a young fella with a lot of cultural knowledge, he’s multilingual and it’s fantastic to see that he’s stepping up to the mark and showing that leadership, dedication and reliability,” Mr Ross said.

Clayton has inspired his 10 rangers as well as work experience students. He works closely with traditional owners on cultural and natural resource management work across the Tennant Creek region.

Clayton has played an active part in protecting the small but significant portion of the Warumungu Aboriginal Land Trust north of Tennant Creek that contains the historically significant ruins of the former Phillip Creek Mission from damage by cattle, wildfire and weeds.

After four years with the CLC’s Muru Warinyi Ankkul rangers Clayton was promoted to senior ranger last September.