National Landcare Programme- Participating communities: managing and maintaining landscapes and livelihoods (2015-2018)

About

Cape York Natural Resource Management will deliver natural resource management services that aim to maintain and build ecosystem function and landscape resilience through improved water, soil, fire and integrated pest management. Key areas of focus include enhancing the ecological characteristics of Wetlands of National significance, including mitigating impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and benefiting regionally significant species, including migratory species and their habitats. Onground outcomes will be supported by strong community engagement and partnerships with land managers, agricultural and industry groups, universities, Indigenous communities, conservation groups and volunteers. 

This funding also provides for the  Regional landcare facilitator to support farmers, fishers and land managers to identify and adopt farm practices and land management practices to
sustainably manage natural resources, to reduce agricultural emissions and adapt to changing climatic conditions.

The 2017 National Indigenous Fire Workshop will be hosted by the Balnggarrawarra Gaarraay Traditional Owners at Melsonby, Cape York July 3rd- 7th 2017.
NRM Topic:
This work will use knowledge about current and projected climate change in the Cape York region to develop a more specific understanding of the consequences for sustainable management of country in the region.
This project will see a muster carried out of these wetland areas with an estimate to catch 100 head of feral cattle and thus reduce impacts on these important wetlands.
NRM Topic:
The Angkamuthi clan aim to connect the younger generation of Angkamuthi members with their homelands so that they become more involved with land management and understand the value of their cultural heritage, developing a greater interest to protect the local environment inclusive of the wetlands.
NRM Topic:
This project at supports rehabilitation of the Annie River System at Lilyvale Station river system, which feeds directly into Princess Charlotte Bay.
The annual Cape York Indigenous Fire Workshop brings many communities as well as multiple agencies and organisations together to help teach them about fire, how they can progress the methodologies used in their own regions for managing fire, and facilitate sharing the knowledge and practices of individuals and organisations between one another.
NRM Topic:
This project directly addresses Yuku Baja Muliku (YBM) concerns that their mussel stocks are declining.

Mt Louis Station is committed to the eradication of weeds on the property, with specific emphasis on the reduction of weeds in the streams and waterways.

NRM Topic:

This project will control Sicklepod and Rubber vine in the Palmer River, to stop these introduced plants advancing further along the Palmer River and out into pastures.

NRM Topic:

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.

NRM Topic:

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.

NRM Topic:

This project continues the pond apple control work in the Mt Amos and Cooktown area.

NRM Topic:

This project will increase the level of protection against pond apple for coastal ecosystems on the east coast of Cape York, including mangrove, paperbark swamp and coastal littoral forest vegetation types as well as a number of Wetlands of National Significance.

NRM Topic:

This project documents the aquatic fauna and quantify the water quality of wetlands on Violet Vale Station.

Weeds, feral pigs, pest fish and fire in and around natural aquatic ecosystems are a major threat to biodiversity.

Violet Vale Station contains 1,896 hectares of wetlands that are listed as wetlands of National significance in the Department of Environment’s Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia.
This Consultancy with Firescape Science, establishes initial fire plans and supporting maps to commence a process of annual fire planning and implementation for the following properties: Astrea, Yaraden, Holroyd, Strathburn, Crystalvale and Bamboo. Land managers from the Cape York NRM Region have expressed interest in developing fire management plans in a coordinated manner.
NRM Topic:
Consultants Firescape Science will produce map products that enable property managers to assess their eligibility and the potential economic returns for engaging in the Carbon Farming Initiative. The base map will cover the entire eligible area north of the 600mm rainfall isohyet.
NRM Topic:
The Indigenous Fire Workshop for 2015 marks the seventh year of fire workshops on Cape York. This project with Mulong Pty Ltd will conduct the fire management workshop at Mary Valley in 2015 and provided support for the delivery with the logistical requirements that make this event a success
The Wenlock River requires good management, an effectively targeted work program and coordinated stakeholder and community participation to maintain these values and to reduce the impacts of populations.
Information services for Cape York Land Managers: Providing fortnightly fire scar mapping for Cape York and delivering communication products to support interpretation of fire management information at property and regional scale.
NRM Topic: