Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office


Since its inception in 1991, Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resources Management Office (KALNRMO) has operated on a charter to promote and facilitate Aboriginal management of the natural and cultural resources of Kowanyama land and sea country, by the people of Kowanyama.

Through community consultation and direction, KALNRMO has developed a community development agenda for the Kowanyama region, including:

  1. Homelands development
  2. Fisheries management
  3. Land management including weeds and feral animal control
  4. Tourism and visitor management
  5. Kowanyama Ranger Service
  6. Native Title interests
  7. Cultural resource documentation

Kowanyama Rangers (working through KALNRMO) implement land management strategies in many areas of the Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT), and, in addition to tourism and visitor management,  patrol closed and open waters.

The Rangers also observe and enforce fisheries regulations, especially for illegal commercial or recreational fishing in closed waters.

KALNRMO joined the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance in early 2015, just  as they began to develop their turtle monitoring and protection program. Involvement in the Alliance will support the Kowanyama Rangers in the  reduction of threats to vulnerable and endangered marine turtles nesting on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. 

The White Bellied sub-species of the Crimson Finch, Neochmia phaeton evangelinae, and the northern sub-species of the Star Finch, Noechnia ruficauda clarescens have been declining in the Kowanyama region over the last 10 years.

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The objective is to eradicate Hymenachne to prevent its spread by birds, cattle, pigs and floods to adjacent and downstream Wetlands of National Significance, (cattle exclusion fence) and managed for weeds for the next ten years as part of the KALRNMO Weed Management Program.

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As part of their turtle nest protection strategy, the Kowanyama Rangers worked in cooperation with a dedicated on-ground “Feral Control Team” specialising in culling pigs and wild dogs. The FCT acting as part of “Operation Bikki Bikki”
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.

Healthy Country 28: The practice of caring for Country

Issue 28 of Healthy Country Newsletter focuses on the lessons learnt and the knowledge shared by Cape York's Land and Sea Managers.
Published: Oct 2016
Type: Newsletter Edition

Managing Aboriginal Lands and Culture

This is a reference document for supporters of the Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office.
Published: Jun 2008
Type: Reference Document