Status: Active

Cape Create – Transforming Trash LitterEd Environmental Arts project will create art works and sculptures using recycled rubbish in an educational awareness program designed for major events and schools in areas where illegal dumping or littering are particularly evident on Cape York. Once this Program is designed and implemented we envision that it can be rolled out in other regions.

This project is being delivered by a collaborative partnership between Cape York Natural Resource Management and UMI Arts with the goal of instilling awareness of the effects and creating a personal sense of responsbility within the community of littering and illegal dumping.

Pond apple (Annona glabra) threatens coastal wetland landscapes through the Wet Tropics bioregion of Far North Queensland with isolated occurrences on eastern coast of Cape York.

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.

This project will produce a series of fact sheets for 30 species of grasses found on Quinkan Country.

This project is focused on engagement with Nature Refuge landholders to improve fire management across 5 Nature Refuges through the implementation of property level fire management plans, supporting on-ground implementation of the plan and providing support for attendance and training at an indigenous fire workshop.

This project directly addresses Yuku Baja Muliku (YBM) concerns that their mussel stocks are declining.

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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.

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.
There is a Threatened Species Recovery Plan for these two species.

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.

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.

The Hymenachne area at Kokoberra Swamp will be quarantined by installing 

Support the on-going work of the Mapoon Land and Sea Management Program to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the Mapoon rangers
Support the on-going work of the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Management Program to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the Pormpuraaw rangers

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.

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

The Wenlock Management Catchment Group Inc. is a not-for-profit group established to give voice to the Wenlock River.

This project forms part of a broader pest management program delivering a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures involving shooting, trapping and baiting.  The aim of the project is the reduction of pig numbers to a target of 70 percent each year over an area of more than 820,000 hectares.

This project forms part of a broader pest management program delivering on a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures. The project aims to reduce big numbers to a target of 70% annually over an area of more than 820,000 hectares, and involves control mesures of shooting, trapping and baiting.

This project forms part of a broader pest management program delivering on a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures involving shooting, trapping and baiting.  The aim of the project is to reduce pig numbers to a target of 70 percent each year over an area of more than 820,000 hectares.

This project forms part of a broader pest management program delivering a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures involving shooting, trapping and baiting.  The aim of the project is the reduction of pig numbers to a target of 70 percent each year over an area of more than 820,000 hectares.

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.
A documentary will be produced with the aim to increase the local community's and broader public's understanding of turtle threat abatement action, through the West Coast Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance.

Status: Closed

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 

This project forms part of a broader pest management program, delivering on a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures that invoves shooting, trapping and baiting, to reduce pig numbers by 70 percent each year in an area of more than 820,000 hectares.

This project worked with Cape York Nature Refuge Landholders to provide support to develop and submit on-ground conservation project applications for funding under Northern Gulf Resource Management Groups project 'Building Resilient Landscapes- Maintaining and Enhancing Biodiversity Values in Northern Gulf and Cape York Nature Refuges'.

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.

This program aligns to the Q2 Coasts and Country investment and the QLD government policy drivers of Closing the Gap and Advancing Indigenous Reconciliation in Primary Industries and Natural Resource Management.

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 purpose of this project was to undertake a targeted aerial cull on pests animals such as pigs around Flatback nesting sites. A further goal was the implementation of an Indigenous ranger NRM training and mentoring program developed and delivered with the NPARC/Apudthama Ranger Program, targetting turtle nesting beaches and including training and monitoring.

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”

This project continues the 3 year program which implements strategic and coordinated pest management actions to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York.

The coastline north of the Pormpuraaw community has an extensive Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting rookery with PLASM rangers currently patrolling and protecting around 18,000 eggs incubating in nests along 50 klms of very remote coastline

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.

In 2014 Seymour Out Bush completed the Temple Bay Pond Apple Project, with the main objective of the project was capacity building of the participants in the form of training, mentoring and on-ground control work. This included mapping and surveying of Pond Apple, then starting the removal of the surveyed Pond Apple. 

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 weeds of Waymbuurr country in Cooktown; and the Rainforest isolates adjacent to Mt Web National Park

This project was aimed at reinstatement and rehabilitation of Weipa waterfront from damage done by Cyclone Oswald, preventing the loss of culturally significant melaleuca stands and foreshore protection, and formally establishing a Weipa Community Garden and Western Cape Landcare Group.

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.

16 Nov 2017
A documentary which showcases the work of western Cape York’s Indigenous rangers who work to conserve threatened sea turtle populations will screen in Cairns on Wednesday 29 November.
Funded by the Australian and Queensland Government’s Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program, One in a Thousand – Western Cape York Rangers uniting to save sea turtles was made to promote th
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.

21 Mar 2017

Western Cape York’s endangered and vulnerable sea turtles now have safer nesting sites, thanks to an innovative collaboration between local Indigenous ranger groups.

In its first three years of operation, The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) has significantly reduced predation of turtles on the western Cape coast.

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:

10 Dec 2016

Over 100 people meet in Cairns this week to discuss their fire management and carbon projects on Cape York.  This included land managers from local government, cattle stations, Traditional Owner groups, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and representatives from the Rural Fire Service.

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.
18 Jul 2016

This opportunity has now closed.

Your opportunity to help reduce threats to the marine turtles of western Cape York.

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07 Sep 2015

A new site has been launched today for the public to donate to help keep the threatened Jardine River Turtle from extinction.

Cape York Natural Resource Management will launch the site today, on National Threatened Species day, to raise awareness of the turtle and raise money to support it’s long term survival.

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.

21 Dec 2014
In November 2014 Western Cape Turtle Threat Alliance Coordinator Johanna Karam and Apudthama Ranger Dale Motlop joined more than 40 people from across northern Australia for a workshop on wildlife monitoring using motion detection cameras, in Darwin.
01 Dec 2014

Pic of boat on horizon

The aftermath of Queensland’s cyclone and flood disasters continues to negatively impact marine life, with turtles and dugongs struggling to find food in flood-affected waters.

14 Jul 2014

Rangers have been employed to manage a recently dedicated Indgenous Protected Area  (IPA), within the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Listed area.

14 Jul 2014

Eight national parks were created on Aboriginal land on Cape York Peninsula, during 2008.

Recognised as National Parks on Cape York Peninsuala Aborigianal Land, the new holdings are jointly managed under an Indigenous Management Agreement (IMA) between Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the Aboriginal peoples.

16 Dec 2013

Those Australians concerned with conservation have welcomed the November 13 announcement that the Queensland Government will protect the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR), in recognition of the it's outstanding natural values.

15 Sep 2013

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council again hosted an annually held turtle camp at Janie Creek, on western Cape York Peninsuala. During the camp, two Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles, members of an endangerd species, were named, tagged and released back into the ocean. The turtles, dubbed ‘Linda  and Nancy, in honour of two Cooktown sisters who now live in Mapoon,  are equipped with t

14 Mar 2013

An incredible number of thongs or flip flops - 7154 to be exact- have been removed from Mapoon beaches, smashing a record set last year of 4696 removed from Chili Beach, on Cape York's eastern seaboard.

13 Mar 2013

A joint workshop of senior Indigenous rangers and coordinators highlighted the depth of Indigenous ranger achievements in Queensland. Rangers are engaged under the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers and the Australian Government Working on Country programs.

13 Mar 2013

The goal of my current James Cook University research is to discover the most cost effective method for Flatback turtle conservation in Cape York.

13 Mar 2013

Managing native animals and plants requires sound knowledge of environmental effects of human actions, including managemet programs for weeds, feral animals and fire. In order to judge if control programs have a positive or negative affect on the enviroment, knowledge of the land is paramount.

13 Mar 2013

By Luke Preece

Cape York is an ancient landscape with fragile soils, fertile alluvial plains, expansive savannas, beautiful rainforests and rich mineral deposits. Many plant and animal species found here, are endemic to the region.

12 Mar 2013

VOLUNTEERS and Indigenous rangers were engaged in hands-on learning with Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) scientists, monitoring sea turtles at an annual summer turtle and dugong training camp, during December 2012,  and January and February 2013, at Mon Repos near Bundaberg.

12 Mar 2013

Story by Andrew Hartwig, Landcare

Cape York Peninsula Landcare Inc., supported by Caring for our Country funding,  assisted landholders of the Holroyd Plain High Value Aquatic Ecosystem to protect wetlands with the implementation of onground management actions.

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.

01 Jan 2012

THE Australia State of the Environment 2011 report provides relevant and useful information on environmental issues to decision makers and the public.

31 Dec 2011

SOUTH Cape York Catchments (SCYC) has been working with  community since 2009 to identify surviving populations of the endangered Northern Quoll on Cape York.

01 Aug 2011

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

02 May 2011

Queensland Regional Groups Collective Newsletter The Rumble is available at:

02 May 2011

THE Queensland Government is to consider  World Heritage nomination for areas of Cape York Peninsula,  a process which is expected to take several years.

The plant and animal species on Cape York Peninsula can show whether the country is healthy for wildlife and being managed sustainably. We place particular value on some of these species because they are rare or threatened in Queensland, Australia, or worldwide, or are only found on the peninsula.
Whilst many activities require vegetation clearing, the habitat of a threatened species should never be cleared. Threatened species living in a small area are particularly vulnerable to vegetation clearing, which may destroy their entire habitat.