North Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grant program
The North Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grant program provides grants up to $50,000 to support activities that:
- conserve and protect natural and cultural resources
- contribute to the establishment of land and sea ranger groups.
The types of activities previously funded through the program include:
- cultural heritage site management (recording, protection and training)
- protected species monitoring and conservation
- feral animal management (including fencing)
- fire management
- habitat restoration
- weed control.
Applications for the latest round of the North Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grant program closed on 31 October 2013.
Twelve successful projects totalling $530,480 were funded under the 2013 round.
Recipient: South Cape York Catchments – $49,368
Project: Balnggarrawarra rock art conservation and biodiversity project
This project will record and survey Balnggarrawarra country for rock art and threatened plants species, then undertake works to conserve those sites and species. Rangers will rediscover rock art sites and undertake conservation works on previously rediscovered rock art sites. The group will fence rock art from feral animals, carry out vegetation management, surveys assessments and record the rock art.
Recipient: Mitchell River Traditional Custodian Advisory Group Aboriginal Corporation – $49,848
Project: Skills on Country—Cultural mapping workshops for young Traditional Owners
This eight month project involves bringing in an archaeology consultant to access archival databases and locate previous Mbabaram cultural site recordings. The consultant will work with Traditional Owners to build up a database of existing knowledge and record and register new cultural sites and values to ensure their presence and locations are identified and protected. This project will be a springboard for future cultural and natural activities on country.
Recipient: Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation – $40,300
Project: Waterbird breeding colonies in Gulf Plains
Rangers will monitor waterbird breeding colonies in Gulf Plains to determine the status and ecological requirements of this globally important natural asset. The scope of work will target waterbird breeding colonies that are regionally and globally important and develop an understanding of the ecological requirements of waterbirds in the Gulf Plains. It is understood that there are connections between waterbird breeding colonies in the Gulf Plans and other regions in Australia or overseas that reveals an interdependence of wetland sites and habitats. This addresses Australia’s commitment to the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands and achieving the best use of wetlands, and constitutes participation in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway partnership.
Recipients: Girringun Aboriginal Corporation – $24,652
Project: Caring for Balangal, Palangal and Badgiga (dugong, dolphin and turtle) in Girringun sea country
Continued monitoring is essential to understand and manage these populations and identify any temporal and spatial changes in the abundance and distribution of the species. This study will determine the current numbers of dugong and turtle following a voluntary hunting suspension immediately after Cyclone Yasi. Two local Traditional Owners groups have requested the hunting suspension be reviewed. To inform this review, up-to-date and accurate information about the status of the local turtle and dugong populations is needed.
Recipients: Alngith Corporation – $50,000
Project: Community-based caring for country planning at Oningan, Alngith country, Weipa
This project will establish an agreed heritage management plan for Oningan, which is a culturally significant area. As part of this process heritage and ecology specialists will identify areas of cultural and natural significance and map existing impacts and threats to these areas including weeds, feral animals and the impact of visitors.
Recipients: Djunbunjji Ltd – $50,000
Project: Mandingalbay Yidinji Traditional Fire Project: Biodiversity Management and Monitoring
This project will implement traditional burning practices to manage biodiversity and monitor responses to fire in the last surviving area of complex open forest habitats in healthy condition in the Wet Tropics. The project will establish appropriate fire management regimes that protect biodiversity values, expand opportunity for Traditional Owners’ engagement in the management of land and protect and enhance natural and cultural resources. The project will establish monitoring sites and develop a fire management framework for ongoing use by Traditional Owners.
Recipients: Tablelands National Park Volunteers Association – $38,060
Project: Jirrbal Tablelands National Park Volunteers Indigenous Custodians Project
Members of the unemployed community of Ravanshoe will survey and record the ecology in parks and forests on Jirrbal country. Eight volunteers at a time will complete 250 hours of training over six months, carrying out a variety of tasks including locating and recording sap feed and den trees of the yellow bellied glider, taking part in spotlighting observations to monitor the yellow bellied gliders and carrying out lantana management around the bird’s habitat.
Recipients: Olkola Aboriginal Corporation – $50,000
Project: Conserving and protecting natural and cultural values on Cape York’s Kimba Plateau
This project will see the recording of traditional knowledge and cultural sites to allow some Olkola people to access their lands for the first time. Scientists will work alongside the Olkola people to increase the knowledge of the landscape in a scientific sense and train them in monitoring and management techniques. This will allow them to gain continued training in traditional knowledge recording.
Recipients: Girringun Aboriginal Corporation – $49,656
Projects: Natural and cultural management of Wulgurukaba country
This project will allow natural and cultural resource management of Wulgurukaba country through increased capacity building, training, land management planning, on ground works and cultural heritage recording and management. Wulgurukaba Traditional Owners will undertake land management and other training activities at identified areas. This will involve conducting environmental surveys, managing weeds and pests, and rehabilitating degraded areas through erosion control and revegetation. They will also assess the current fire management regimes with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and implement an environmental Management Action Plan.
Recipients: Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation – $49,980
Projects: Fencing of Running Creek freshwater springs on Juunjuwarra country
This project will enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to conserve and protect natural and cultural resources by providing skills and knowledge in fencing and monitoring to the Juujuwarra Traditional Owners. The project provides the resources to erect exclusion fencing to three springs on their country. It also provides an opportunity for the Traditional Owners to monitor the ongoing beneficial effects of fencing on the spring sites. Through photographic monitoring they will record the long-term benefits of fencing for vegetation in riparian zones.
Recipients: Mona Aboriginal Corporation – $43,526
Projects: The development of the Mount Isa Junior Indigenous Ranger Mentorship Program
This skills development project between two North Queensland Indigenous Organisations will provide an opportunity for five young Indigenous people to be mentored by the Jabalbina Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers while they assist them in day to day activities. The aim is to encourage the young people’s interest in becoming rangers and provide hands-on job experience. The project will deliver culturally appropriate learning and skills development for young Indigenous people from Mt Isa. It will also support the Jabalbina rangers in achieving their cultural management outcomes and establish an ongoing working relationship between the Aboriginal Corporation and the Jabilbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation.
Recipients: Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council – $35,090
Project: Experimental permitted wild crocodile egg harvest
This project contributes towards quantifying harvest risk in estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) populations in western Cape York Peninsula. It also builds on findings from a 2008-2009 study into whether the saltwater crocodile population inhabiting key rivers on Pormpuraaw Aboriginal land could potentially support a sustainable harvest of wild eggs. This project follows the first year of an experimental harvest of crocodile eggs in 2013 that showed a sustainable harvest can be successful. The project needs at least one full year of data to make the results statistically relevant and meaningful as well as to meet the Scientific Purposes Permit requirements.