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Indigenous Sea Country Management Grants Program

Eight SteadyStart recipients and eight QuickStart recipients will collectively receive over $1.96 million through the Indigenous Sea Country Management Grants Program.

The program provides Queensland Traditional Owner groups with grants ranging from $15,000 to $200,000 to support the development of sustainable management practices in relation to dugong, turtles and other marine resources.

Project locations (see availability) range from Moreton Bay to Lockhart River on Cape York Peninsula and from Mapoon to the Northern Territory border on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Funding for the program is provided by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country initiative and is administered by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Successful SteadyStart projects


Project description

Amount (ex GST)

Dawul Wuru Indigenous Corporation

Yirrganydji Gulbul Maningal - Yirrganydji Looking After Sea Country

Develop a sea country management plan.


Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Indigenous Sea Country Planning in the lower Gulf of Carpentaria - Northern Territory Border to Massacre Inlet; Leichhardt River to Staaten River

Develop a sea country management plan and community-based monitoring framework.

Consult Traditional Owners to develop an operations plan for the implementation of the sea country management plan.

Provide coxswains training for six rangers.


Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

Eastern Kuku Yalanji Building Capacity to Care for Sea Country

Provide coxswains, seagrass mapping and sea turtle monitoring training.

Map seagrass beds in the local area and track sea turtles.


Juunjuwarra Aboriginal Corporation Land Trust

Recording the cultural values of Juunjuwarra sea country to inform sea country management

Undertake community-based monitoring and research of sea turtles, dugong and seagrass beds to inform local sea country management actions.


Kapay Kuyan Steering Committee

Strengthening the capacity of Kapay Kuyan to manage their sea country

Build capacity in the Kapay kuyan Steering Committee to help establish sea country management actions in the future.


Indigenous Sea Country Strategic Policy Group

Indigenous Sea Country Community Engagement and Education Strategy

Develop ‘How To…’ guidelines and other multimedia products to assist other Traditional Owner groups develop and implement sea country management plans.

Trial the project at two sites.


Port Curtis Coral Coast Traditional Owners

Turtle and Dugong Monitoring and Research Program

Provide coxswains training for two rangers.

Complete a three-month pilot program of turtle and dugong monitoring between Elliott River and Burnett Heads.


Toonooba Darumbal Ltd as Trustee for Darumbal Charitable Trust

Sea Country Education

Implement and adapt the ‘Sense Activity Program’ developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).


Successful QuickStart projects


Project description

Amount (ex GST)


Yuku-Baja-Muliku Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Turtle Rescue Program

Implement a turtle rescue program, a sea country management plan and Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA).

Rehabilitate seagrass areas, monitor sea country and assess the effectiveness of management actions.

Develop a junior ranger program with two schools.


Mapoon Interim Land and Sea Advisory Committee

Mapoon Turtle and Dugong Program

Conduct dugong and sea grass surveys in Port Musgrave and surrounding estuaries.

Refurbish the Mapoon turtle camp.

Form the Marine Hunters group to establish hunting plans, permit systems and education video.


Gunggandji PBC

Implementation of the Gunggandji Land and Sea Country Plan

Develop a framework for sustainable management of turtles and dugong within Gunggandji sea country.

Establish the Gunggandji Ranger Service and develop a Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA).

Establish Gunggandji Land and Sea Country Advisory Group to raise the community’s awareness of sea country management.


Wanyurr-Majay Aboriginal Corporation

Wanyurr-Majay Sea Country Management Plan

Develop a sea country management plan and Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA).


Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation

Increasing the skills and capacity of Quandamooka to undertake the management of Moreton Bay Sea Country

Provide training to map and assess the condition and diversity of mangrove, coral, and seagrass communities and undertake a monitoring program to assess the ongoing condition of these ecosystems.

Provide training to monitor turtles nesting on North Stradbroke Island.

Replace 10 moorings at Dunwich with environmentally friendly designs that assist in the recovery of seagrass beds.


Gudjuda Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation

Increase community awareness of the cultural importance and values of marine turtles for Juru Traditional Owners within Juru Sea Country

Deliver education programs to raise awareness of cultural values and importance of marine turtles for Juru people to community and schools.

Produce a DVD of Juru Elder’s traditional knowledge. Clean-up marine debris from 30km of turtle nesting beach. Deliver on-ground activities to protect turtle nests.


Mandubarra Aboriginal Land and Sea Incorporated

Mandubarra Land and Sea Country Monitoring/Turtle Triage

Establish a turtle rehabilitation centre in co-operation with Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Pass on traditional knowledge from Elders to youth.


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Last updated
31 October 2013