This project will deliver priority feral pest and weed management activities with Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Inc will coordinating delivery of this project. The project which will address priority weed and pest animal management in rural areas where they have a significant economic and/or environmental impact.

Status: Active

This programme is delivering natural resource management services that aim to maintain and build ecosystem function and landscape resilience through improved water, soil, fire and integrated pest management.

This project is enabling training support to the Ayapathu Rangers for monitoring the effectiveness of their lantana control project 'Protecting Balclutha (Lava Hill) Nature Refuge'. Support is being provided through on ground training in monitoring techniques using Fulcrum software and also providing ipad equipment for capturing data.

The Living Knowledge Place is a community driven online education site that show cases our culture, country, and aspirations towards the future of our environment and wellbeing. We are excited to share this amazing resource with you and watch the site grow with more fascinating content being developed everyday for this exciting community education program.

Status: Closed

This project was a joint collaboration, initiated by Nyacha Kumopinta Aboriginal Corporation, Lochinvar Station and the relevant TO’s within this area whose desires were to see viable, robust and mutually beneficial relationships; working to achieve practical outcomes whilst delivering significant environmental and social benefits.

Site location: From Laura through to Normanby and Melsonby stations across Kings Plains and around the Northern Wet Tropics Rainforest margins

Project Summary:

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 consultancy for the development and writing of a project plan and a grant application for a proposed Litter and Illegal Dumping Program.

An important study focused on the preservation of land in order to protect the habitat of the Australian Native Bee in Cape York, North Queensland. Kuku-Thaypan Elder Tommy George works with scientists to study the native bee, comparing knowledge on the species type and on how they are managed in the environment.
09 Nov 2017

Cape York NRM recently held its Annual General Meeting in Cooktown where the Board of Directors elected Director Emma Jackson as Chairperson, and Director Trevor Meldrum as Vice Chairperson.

14 Jul 2017

Update: 18 August 2017

** The closing date for the design competition has been extended until Wednesday 30 August 2017.  


A new traveller stop and information centre is being planned at Lakeland. Locals are being invited to submit their design ideas for the facility in a competition that offers $1000 prize to the winning entry.

30 Mar 2017

Queensland producers now have access to grants of up to $2500 to help tackle family business and succession planning thanks to the Queensland Government.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne said the Farm Management Grants would help producers to access professional advice on these important matters.

13 Mar 2017

Open now! Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sort from Rainforest Aboriginal People to get small and medium sized projects up and running across the region. 

Projects must fall within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area or the Wet Tropics NRM Region. 

20 Jan 2017

These ‘Flood ready … flood safe’ factsheets are a helpful guide and information source to help landholders prepare for, and cope with, floods. They were developed by the Regional Groups Collective with funding from the Queensland Government.

Click on these direct links to the fact sheets below:

01 Aug 2016
The Board of Directors and Staff of Cape York Natural Resource Management express their deep sorrow for the loss of Dr Tommy George.
Our deepest condolences are with his family at this time.
Cape York NRM feels this loss deeply, knowing that Cape York has lost one of its most respected and knowledgeable Elders.
06 Jun 2016

Students from Mapoon and Western Cape College will learn about environmental management through the creation of art works from recycled rubbish and will exhibit their work at the upcoming Weipa Fishing Classic.

03 Feb 2016

Cooktown character and well-known identity, John Giese, has been recognised by his former natural resource management colleagues for his outstanding contribution to the sector across Cape York.

Cape York NRM’s Board of Directors presented Mr Giese with a commemorative plaque for more than five years service to the organisation, at a private function in Cooktown recently.

01 Dec 2015

The October/November 2015 issue R.M.Williams OUTBACK magazine' story Tip Top by Ken Eastwood, featured extensive coverage of Cape York.

17 Nov 2015

Cape York NRM is proud to sponsor the Year 10 Conservation and Land Management award at Western Cape College and the Year 10 Environmental Excellence award at Cooktown State School.

23 Jul 2015

Issue 23 of Healthy Country Newsletter focuses on Cape York's threatened species. 

Cape York has over 100 near-threatened, vulnerable or endangered species listed on the Nature Conservation Act (1992) list. Species decline can affect entire ecosystems by changing how ecosystems function.

17 Jun 2015

Festival goers attending Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival this weekend are invited to take place in an exciting environmental arts project.

Cape York NRM and UMI Arts have combined to form the Cape Create Crew and are delivering the Transforming Trash project to help people understand about the effects of rubbish, particularly plastics in our environment.

27 Apr 2015

Land managers and community groups across Cape York are now able to apply for Australian Government grants for projects to help care for the region’s nationally significant wetlands and waterways. 

21 Dec 2014

The Wenlock Catchment Management Group has plans for a whole of catchment meeting, in late March 2015.

More information will be available in early 2015.

Photo Left: Rangers from Napranum, Mapoon and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve met in 2014 in Napranum to discuss plans for the lower Wenlock group in 2015.


21 Dec 2014

Above (Photo): Dr Tommy George telling Hann River stories

In October 2014, Cape York NRM supportec the Cooktown State School Conservation and Land Management Camp.

21 Dec 2014

Cape York NRM proudly supports end of year awards at Western Cape College and Cooktown State School.

Each year the organisation encourages a Year 10 student who exells at school studies and in natural resource management wihtin the community, to continue their studies with an intended future involved with natural resource management.

01 Dec 2014

Mapoon's Land and Sea Rangers reported on valuable time spent at the 2014 Indigenous Fire Workshop held on Taepithiggi Country at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

Nathan Newley

“I had an amazing time with knowledge that was learned and being around fun people," he said.

It’s incredible the knowledge they are all sharing.

01 Dec 2014

BRENDON attended the Hann River workshop in 2009, and broadened the knowlege gleaned form that experience, through attending the 2014 workshop.

01 Dec 2014

A drive through the Cape York landscapes during the dry season exposes the devastaton of uncontrolled fires, an annual phenonmenon.

The 2014 Regional Investment Strategy meeting in Cooktown, saw Cape York land managers agree that fire remains the biggest challenge for the Cape york landscape.

01 Dec 2014

Dianne Nicholls is the Cultural Officer with the Land and Sea Office in Mapoon. She and Ronnie Guivarra were instrumental to the success of the 2014 Indigenous Fire Workshop and ensuring the Taepithiggi Traditional Owners cultural protocols were followed.

01 Dec 2014

Fire is identified as the biggest issue for land managers across Cape York. Every year large, wildfires damage millions of hectares of country across the Cape, resulting in huge losses in grazing country; enabling soil erosion; decreasing biodiversity and releasing large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

15 Sep 2014

Have you ever wondered how weeds spread like wildfire, quickly and uncontrollably? Invasive weeds are highly adaptable and compete for resources that support native plants and crop species.  When left uncontrolled weeds can rapidly take over natural and cultivated landscapes.

14 Jul 2014

The Animal Care and Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 became effective on 21 September 2012.

16 Dec 2013

THE Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA) was accredited on 8 July 2013. The Lama Lama Traditional Owners, the Steering Committee and invited guests celebrated the milestone, 25 September at Port Stewart.

15 Sep 2013

Longterm Pormpuraaw identity, Nigel Hall, set about satisfying the needs of a growing market, when he identified a demand for a vehicle recovery, towing and general transport service in central Cape York.  As a result the new business, Cape York Towing Service Pluss was initiated.

12 Mar 2013

By Gavin Bassini, Operations Manager, Lama Lama Rangers

A number of years ago, our old people worked with State Development and local Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) teams to install  Welcome to Country signs at the bottom of the range on the road to Port Stewart.  This important signage marked one of the boundaries of Lama Lama Country.

12 Mar 2013

Story by Gavin Bassani, Operations Manager, Lama Lama Rangers

The Lama Lama Community and the Lama Lama ranger team gratefully acknowledge the recent donation of critical safety support equipment from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). This support ensures that rangers are able to carry out water safety measures for the people of the community.

11 Dec 2012

By Lyndal Scobell

Pisolite country was the red carpet, stars were everywhere, cameras flashed and smiles were wide, as the Mapoon Rangers celebrated their hard work and dedication to caring for country at a December graduation ceremony, 2012.

11 Dec 2012

By Lyndal Scobell

Q. What does business and natural resource management have in common?

A. A lot, for the residents of Cape York.

For natural resources of a region to be considered and sustained, the residential population required solid and reliable incomes.

10 Oct 2012

Since its establishment in July 2010, Cape York NRM Ltd has been participating in an important five-year research and development project; Transformation for Resilient Landscapes and Communities. The project is funded by Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

10 Oct 2012

By Wendy Seabrook

Cooktown Food Connect (CTFC) is a social enterprise supporting local farmers and gardeners in the production of tasty and healthy food for residents of the Cooktown region.

CTFC lists local produce from suppliers on the website weekly, making ordering easy for residents.

10 Oct 2012

Google, the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Caitlin Group initiated a site for online viewing of the exploration of the Great Barrier Reef; it is availble on the device of choice, for visitors. 

01 Mar 2012

The Business Navigator Steering Committee, a diverse team of industry professionals, welcomes Gayle Thomas to the Cape York NRM team in the positon of Business Navigator. 

01 Jan 2012

Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute Director, Professor Stuart Bunn wrote the following opinion piece for The Conversation.

The millennium drought has broken in the south, but that hasn’t diminished interest in developing the seemingly vast water resources of northern Australia.

01 Jan 2012

BANA Yarralji Rangers celebrated the opening of their new ranger base on Kuku Nyungkal country, south of Cooktown, in August 2011.

06 Nov 2011

Ethnobotany is the scientific study of relationships that exist between people and plants. Fieldwork undertaken by WIK and ethnobotanical researchers has identified and documented a number of medicinal plants, their traditional names and uses.

06 Nov 2011

Queenslanders are now able to access state government information about the environmental management of the coal seam gas industry through online video braodcasts available on  Department of Environment and Resource Management website.

06 Nov 2011

The CapeYork Water Forum was held in conjunction with the Apudthama Cape York Indigenous Rangers Conference.

The aims of the forum:

05 Oct 2011

South Cape York Catchments (SCYC) and Cooktown State School have held a Scientists in Schools partnership since 2007. 

Scientists in Schools, is a national program that creates and supports long-term partnerships between teachers and scientists. The program began in July 2007. Currently there are 2394 partnerships established across Australia.

05 Oct 2011

As Part of ‘Weed Buster Week’ South Cape York Catchments (SCYC) joined with Cape York Weeds and Feral Animal Program (CYWAFAP) staff to assist ten Indigenous Conservation Land Management students with their ‘remote area weed management’ practical course component.

01 Aug 2011

THE people of Cape York, as those of many rural communities in Australia, are facing an uncertain future.

01 Aug 2011

Last week the Laura Rangers group organised a cultural plant awareness day with community Elders, the pupils and teachers of Laura State School, and the local community, to celebrate World Environment Day.

02 May 2011

Landholders have a new tool at their disposal, designed to help  locate some of the best research and ideas on sustainability and provide ideas for maintaining the health and productivity of  land.

When funding ceased for the Land and Water Cooperative Research Centre, the wider community were afraid that access to the rich library of research would be lost.

02 May 2011

CAPE York NRM Board of Directors has formally recognised the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Australia, by adopting a governance policy based on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The new policy will guide the way in which the company, its directors and staff will relate to, engage and work in partnership with the Indigenous peoples of Cape York.

02 May 2011

Andrew Hartwig, of CAPE York NRM, is the Cape York Regional Landcare Facilitator.

Andrew enjoys working with land managers across Cape York, to promote sustainable farm and land management practices and in the changing climate, to contribute to and support the uptake of sustainable landscape-scale conservation practices.

02 May 2011

THE Open Forum in 2011 at Lakeland had an excellent turn out with 35 people attending. A variety of speakers were invited to present on relevant topics to Cape York residents. Ray Plasto from the Department of Main Roads gave an update on the Peninsula Development Road and other access roads in Cape York.