Under this project an Aboriginal ranger team and coordinator undertake enviornmental and cultural activities on Yuku-Baja-Muliku lands at Archer Point, Cooktown, Queensland.
Activites include on-ground management, cultural heritage mapping, heritage site management, and assisting key government agencies to better negotiate, develop and implement culturally appropriate (and informed) management plans and practices for existing (and new) protected areas in Yuku-Baja-Muliku country.
The Western Cape York Peninsula beaches of North Queensland are the home of a nationally listed important wetland as well as 18 threatened species and 75 listed marine species, such as the Flat Back, Green, Olive Ridley, and Hawksbill marine turtles.
In 1989, a Deed of Grant of Land in Trust covering 1,839 square kilometres was handed back to the Mapoon people by the Queensland Government.
The Mt Croll Nature Reserve and surrounding Aboriginal freehold land is located in Cape York Peninsula of north Queensland. This area is approximately 17,990 hectares of pristine ecosystems of which 5,132 hectares is currently part of the National Reserve System as Nature Refuge under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.
The Lama Lama National Park is in the Cape York Peninsula bioregion, and is located east of the Great Dividing Range. The region includes highly significant wetlands, coastal and riparian vegetation, and extensive woodlands. There has been little clearing and the tree cover remains virtually intact and contains habitat for vulnerable, rare and endangered species including the endangered red goshawk.
The Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers on Cape York Peninsula are home or "Ngaachi" to the Kaanju people. The region features open savanna, upland tropical and sub-tropical rainforests, open bushland, sand ridge country and vast wetland areas and riparian forests.
The region has been facing a number of challenges including land degradation and erosion, weed and feral animal infestation and damage to cultural areas from unregulated public access. The Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation which manages the area has developed a management plan to deal with these challenges.
The Lockhart River Aboriginal Community is a remote region on the east coast of Cape York in far north Queensland. The area has a high diversity of ecosystems containing rare plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in Australia.
The high ecological values of the Northern Holroyd Plain Aggregation will be protected and restored by reducing disturbance by pigs, cattle and horses and managing weeds such as parkinsonia, hymenachne and rubber vine. This will also reduce the impact of pest pig predation on turtle nesting. (Text from Caring for our Country funding - accessed 16 February 2012)
People involved: Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd
The public awareness and monitoring activities of the successful Shorebirds 2020 program will be expanded to include the third largest shorebird aggregation in Australia, located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, by training local Indigenous communities in shorebird monitoring. (Text from: Caring for our Country funding - accessed 16 February 2012)
People involved: Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (Birds Australia)