Eight national parks were created on Aboriginal land on Cape York Peninsula, during 2008.

Recognised as National Parks on Cape York Peninsuala Aborigianal Land, the new holdings are jointly managed under an Indigenous Management Agreement (IMA) between Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the Aboriginal peoples.

Joint management offers benefits to partners in the exchange of contemporary scientic and traditioanl knowledge and the shared responisbility in conservation of the natural and cultural resources within the parks. The partnership fosters improved and increased processes around knowledge sharing, decision making and the mechanics of ranger programs in the parks.  

Joint management offers Indigenous people increased opportunities for training and employment, access to traditional country, recognition of their culture and traditional knowledge and complete involvement in managing their land. The combination of differnent approaches to environomental knowlege and on-country management skills provides a more comprehensive management and enriched visitor experience.

Park management partner representatives meet quarterly to discuss and plan park management activities.

Funding for on ground management and educaiton programs is provided under the IMA, enabling equipment and materials purchasing and wages.

Management activities include: surveying and recording flora and fauna; spraying weeds; removing feral animals; mustering and removal of cattle; construction of fences; recording and protecting of cultural sites; developing and implementing fire management and pest irradication; and providing staff training and accreditation in fire management, chemical handling, first aid and crocodile handling.

For more information contact Carol Kinnaird of the QPWS Joint Management Team: phone 4091 8118

or email carol.kinnaird@nprsr.qld.gov.au

PHOTO: Errk Oykangand and QPWS Rangers maintain a day use area

PHOTO: Rinyirru Rangers remove cattle from Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL)