Cape York NRM Regional Investments: 2013-14 Environment
This program funded through the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, delivered integrated management of weeds, pests animals and fire, led by community and Indigenous groups to build Natural Resource Management skills and knowledge across Cape York. The project improves collaborations, governance and community capacity for managing natural resources to maintain ecosystem resilience and health in the Cape York NRM region. The program links the activities with the Regional Investment for Agriculture Stream sub-projects through the programs of Fire, Water, Integrated Pest Management, Soils, Livelihoods and Country and Biodiversity. The first eighteen months of delivery was aligned with the Stream 1 of the Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund. The activities conducted in the first year focused on learning by doing, a strong engagement component and planning across tenures and catchments, with the intended outcome of better coordination and understanding among organisations and landholders. This was delivered through targeted projects that aligned with community identified priorites and a small grants program.
This project builds on previous engagement with landholders from the “Your Climate” planning project undertaken from March-July 2014, in the Mitchell River catchment area.
This project partnered with Mulong Pty Ltd to conduct a fire management workshop on Steve Irwin Wildlife Sanctuary (or other suitable location) over five days in July 2014. The project built on Indigenous fire knowledge into land management on Cape York and beyond.
This project provided business and NRM planning support to four Indigenous groups on Cape York, underpinning their work required to fulfil their land and sea aspirations and sustainable business development.
Groups received support for:
Site location: From Laura through to Normanby and Melsonby stations across Kings Plains and around the Northern Wet Tropics Rainforest margins
Works focused on controlling six weed species with three Traditional Owner groups within three key environmental areas: the Trevethan Creek wildlife corridor site adjacent to the Northern Wet Tropics World Heritage Area; Aligator Creek, an endangered coastal wetland environment, including w