THE Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA) was accredited on 8 July 2013. The Lama Lama Traditional Owners, the Steering Committee and invited guests celebrated the milestone, 25 September at Port Stewart.
A TUMRA is an agreement between Traditional Owners and State and Federal Governments. The document outlines a method for the groups working together in the care of sea country and contains guidelines for traditional hunting. The Lama Lama agreement is over an area that extends from the Massey River in the north, through Princess Charlotte Bay to the Normanby River in the south, and includes inshore islands. The five-year agreement included guidelines specifically designed for research, training, education, compliance and junior ranger’s activities.
Lama Lama Ranger Program: Developing future leaders on Country
There is a huge satisfaction in being involved in a ranger program, especially when working on traditional lands, according to rangers from the Lama Lama Working on Country Ranger Program.
Walter Peter, a Lama Lama ranger for more than three years, became a ranger for the sole purpose of working on his homelands.
At 20, Walter is an experienced worker with a compendium of skills in fencing, chainsaws, monitoring, weeds and feral animal management, and patrolling country, some of which,is jointly managed with National Parks.
“I love the job,” Walter said.
“Especially camping out and being on Country.”
Kathleen Peter, a ranger for nearly two years, said a highlight of the job has been meeting new rangers from other places, and exchanging work stories.
“It’s been great to come to Marina Plains and learning about dolphins and where our Grandfathers used to muster cattle to ship out,” Ms Peter said.
“I love working on Country."