Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC) (former)


The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities was an Australian government department that existed between September 2010 and September 2013. Programs funded through SEWPAC include:

  • Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund (Stream1) 
  • Caring for Our Country Regional Delivery 2013-2018 Agriculture (2013-June 2015)
  • Caring for Our Country Regional Delivery 2013-2018 Sustainable Environment (2013-Dec 2015)

This project aimed to support Indigenous people on Cape York to share stories from Indigenous Elders and groups related to climate change and adaptation strategies, from their own worldview. The project produced high-definition film clips of Indigenous people of Cape York.

This project is part of the Cape York NRM Sustainable Agriculture Project, and establishes a demonstration site focused on soil health, land condition, fire and water management, economic baselines and benchmarks.

The Taepithiggi Batavia Clan Group Aboriginal Corporation (TBCAC), formed following the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation’s establishment in 2013, represents the custodians of country stretching from the Wenlock and Ducie rivers, Cape York.

This is a community engagement program in the Lockhart River region and part of  the Your Climate NRM planning project.

The Community Champion will engage with residents under a plan outlined in the Your Climate activities and milestones schedule 

Cape York NRM has been funded to deliver on a range of projects that have substantial digital information components. A foundation of these projects is the development and maintenance of a digital multimedia portal for Cape York.

Cape York NRM has adapted a socio-ecological systems approach towards development of an NRM plan that considers the distinctive cultural landscapes of Cape York.

This project assisted with establishment of a baseline for the assessment of land condition and monitoring of conditions for the integrated management of weeds, pest animals and fire for the purpose of managing natural resources and maintaining ecosystem resilience.

This project extended the coverage of traditional fire management practices across Cape York Peninsula, both during this activity and beyond the project timeframe. The project contributed to the Caring for Our Country target ' to expand traditional fire management regimes across at least 200 00 sq km's of northern Australian savannas by 2013. 

The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) represents an agreement between land and sea managers from Pormpuraaw, Napranum, Mapoon and Northern Peninsula Area, to work together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York.