Issue 32: Caring for the Cape
At the start of the dry this year, Cape York NRM and Rodney and Anne Raymond, the property owners of Kimba Station, arranged for James Cook University fish ecologist Ebb, to survey fish and crabs in the local waterways.
The purpose of this first field trip was getting baseline estimates of the aquatic fauna prior to fencing off a reach of the Alice River from being accessible to cattle. A primary focus was on the Tiger crab (Austrothelphusa tigrina), which is an endemic species that is currently only known from the western slopes of the Kimba Plateau.
Cape York NRM worked with Jabalbina’s Ayton Ranger Base and Shiptons Flat Ranger Base over the past year to develop posters for their fire plans.
The Fire Planning Annual Calendar (example above) will be available for any Cape York groups who would like a copy. A communications toolbox for fire planning, which includes templates for a poster, letter, media release, notice and calling card, was also produced for Jabalbina, and is available to other groups.
Contact Cape York NRM on 1300 132 262 or media@ capeyorknrm.com.au for more information.
As the 2016-2017 Annual General Meeting approaches for Cape York NRM, the board have said goodbye to two long serving Directors.
After almost three years as Indigenous Zone Four Director, Shane Gibson stood down at the recent Cape York NRM meeting in Weipa. Shane has relocated to Alice Springs for work and family, and will be sorely missed by the Cape York NRM Board of Directors.
Shane has been a strong voice for Indigenous Zone Four as well as for Cape York in general. He has been a key influence in the strengthening of governance of Cape York NRM in recent years.
Cape York NRM is seeking input from Cape York's land and sea managers to align the region’s current natural resource management targets in Cape York’s natural resource management plan.
A series of workshops will be held across Cape York in the next six to eight weeks, commencing in Cooktown on Thursday 26 October at the PCYC between 9am - 4pm.
Western Cape York turtle nesting season is underway again. Turtles nest all year round on Cape York, but peak nesting time on the western Cape is from July to October each year.
This corresponds with the time of the year that the beaches are most accessible, and visitation to these remote beaches continues to increase.