Grants Helps Gulnay Clean Jingalingnu Country

August 22, 2018

The Lower Tully coastline is in good hands thanks to a project led by Gulnay traditional owners. 

Jingalingnu country is the largest patch of bush remaining on Gulnay country and it also has important cultural significance to its people.

Elder Clarence Kinjun said after receiving an Indigenous Land & Sea grant from the Queensland Government, Gulnay people had worked with QPWS, Council, local landholders and the community to do rubbish clean ups, weed control, turtle and shorebird monitoring, cultural sites recording, traditional fire management and revegetation.

“It is important for Gulnay people to be back on country managing the land. When people are back on country with their family, the younger ones and the grandchildren benefit from seeing the country through their grandfather’s eye,” he said. “They get to learn fishing and traditional cultural fire management. It makes them aware of their environment.”

The project included using fire to reduce weeds in approved areas and Joanne Kinjun said the benefits were already obvious.

“The patch that we burnt is definitely different. You can easily walk through the scrub now; it’s not as thick. Native plants that are meant to be there are growing back and more native grasses are coming through. The bush is looking clean,” she said.

Gulnay people thanked everyone who had helped them with the project.

This project was funded through a Queensland Government Indigenous Land & Sea Grant. Terrain NRM was involved in helping Gulnay people write the successful grant application and is currently building an online mapping portal to record the projects undertaken on country by the Gulnay people.