WORKING TOGETHER ON HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS
NEW PARTNERSHIPS WITH TRADITIONAL OWNERS
26 JULY 2022
Traditional owners are helping landholders to protect important habitats across the Wet Tropics.
Michael Morta, a Ngadjon-jii traditional owner and Terrain’s indigenous partnerships coordinator, said the organisation was introducing traditional owners to landholders involved in revegetation, weed management and habitat protection work – and it was leading to new partnerships.
“We have supported representatives from Mamu, Mandubarra, Ngadjon, Wadjanbarra Yidinji and Girramay groups to meet with public and private landholders,’’ he said. “And there has been good two-way communication and information sharing.”
Kurrimine Beach habitat monitoring, pig-trapping, fire management
At Kurrimine Beach, Mandaburra Rangers will begin pig-trapping, fire management and cassowary habitat monitoring work on state land where invasive weeds were recently removed. The land, north of Kurrimine’s township, includes extensive cassowary habitat and endangered littoral rainforest.
Mandaburra Ranger James Epong welcomed a partnership with the Department of Resources to continue caring for country.
“This project is of high interest to the Mandubarra traditional owners as it aligns with our caring for country program activities and ranger work plan,’’ he said.
“By Terrain contacting us and inviting us to participate, it shows the commitment to involve traditional owners and their ranger teams.”
Department of Resources Senior Land Manager Russell Jack said working with traditional owners and NRM groups was helping to improve natural resource outcomes.
“We provided fire management training for five Mandaburra Rangers and Mandubarra traditional owners will now monitor these areas and start pig-trapping operations,” Mr Jack said.
Mamu Elder Steve Purcell met with three private landholders as part of the new initiative.
“It was good to have the opportunity to meet face to face, to establish networks and have a conversation about their projects and the country,’’ he said. “It’s also good that landholders with threatened species habitats on their property are funded to do rehabilitation work.”
New round of grants coming up…
A new round of Building Rainforest Resilience grants will open in coming months. Terrain NRM offers the grants to landholders across the Wet Tropics region whose properties are in priority locations, as advised by threatened species recovery teams.
This project is funded by the Australian Government. The grants help with revegetation, weed management and habitat protection initiatives.