Western Cape York Alliance make nesting safer for endangered turtles

Western Cape York’s endangered and vulnerable sea turtles now have safer nesting sites, thanks to an innovative collaboration between local Indigenous ranger groups.

In its first three years of operation, The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) has significantly reduced predation of turtles on the western Cape coast.

The region is Queensland’s only nesting site for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle, and is an important nesting area for the vulnerable Flatback and Hawksbill turtles.

Contributions to the Cape York NRM Healthy Country Newsletter are welcome

Articles are invited for submission in Cape York NRM’s Healthy Country Newsletter. The newsletter is distributed to over 2000 people and organisations, providing the opportunity to share Cape York’s natural resource management practices far and wide.

The newsletter reaches Cape York NRM members, government organisations and funding partners, land and sea managers, Traditional Owners, other NRM bodies, graziers, farmers, businesses, tourism bodies, conservation groups and the general public.

Queensland Pest Animal Symposium: Call for papers

The fifth annual Queensland Pest Animal Symposium will be held in Townsville from 7-10 November 2016. The symposium brings together land managers and researchers from across the state to discuss new and existing management tools, decision support, costs and benefits, community initiatives, social issues, resource issues and cutting-edge research. 

Abstracts are now being sought for oral or poster presentations. Submissions close on 16 May 2016.

Injinoo Rangers Aerial Cull Program to Increase Flatback Hatchling Success November 2012

The purpose of this project was to undertake a targeted aerial cull on pests animals such as pigs around Flatback nesting sites. A further goal was the implementation of an Indigenous ranger NRM training and mentoring program developed and delivered with the NPARC/Apudthama Ranger Program, targetting turtle nesting beaches and including training and monitoring.

Cape York Landcare Projects Announced

Cape York Natural Resource Management will distribute $462 838 in the current financial year across 16 organisations for Cape York land and sea management projects, as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

In total, 52 Expressions of Interest (EOI) were received by Cape York NRM for projects which focussed on looking after Cape York’s Wetlands of National Significance, springs and waterways.

Cape York NRM’s Chairperson, David Claudie said the EOI project applications received by Cape York NRM totalled over $1 000 000.

Development of the Cape York Regional Biosecurity Strategy

This project takes a regional approach to biosecurity management in Cape York Peninsula and will enhance the coordination of: · on-ground activities to manage priority biosecurity threats, · training, education and awareness raising opportunities, and · collaborative arrangements with government and non-government stakeholders to identify, manage and mitigate high priority biosecurity threats.

Pormpuraaw Rangers Protecting Olive Ridley Turtle Nests

Rangers are having fantastic success protecting the nests of nationally endangered olive ridely turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) along beaches managed by the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea program. Since June, around 60 nests have had aluminium cages - designed by Pormpuraaw's Environmental Manager, Robbie Morris - installed to protect against predation on egg clutches by feral pigs, dogs and goannas. These cages have been incredibly successful with 100% of protected nests have remaining intact though to hatching.