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 occurs over 3 stages and controls areas of environmental weeds on Dawnvale Station, including Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia).

This investment is hosting a Project Officer, the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance Coordinator. This coordinator role is supporting Rangers in Western Cape York in ghost net data collection, management and training; and the development of the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA).

Training and mentoring will be provided with Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Indigenous and non-Indigenous land managers in East Coast catchments on fire management practices. This training will include mapping and monitoring training with four Indigenous organisations, development of relevant monitoring tools for East Coast fire management and data collection to document on-ground management.

This project contributes to improvement to water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef by enabling landholders on priority grazing properties in the Laura-Normanby catchments of Cape York to tackle high risk issues impacting water quality in the GBR Lagoon.

This project directly addresses Yuku Baja Muliku (YBM) concerns that their mussel stocks are declining.
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.
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
This small grant supports the on-going work of the Apudthama Land and Sea Rangers to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the ranger program during 2015.

This project entals the development of a detailed prospectus for the Western Cape York Water Quality Plan (WCYWQP).

The prospectus project intends to engage with funding bodies and partners to support the WCYWQP project and demonstrates the benefits of supporting Cape York NRM.

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.

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

Weeds, feral animals and fire in and around our aquatic ecosystems are a major threat to biodiversity. This project will address these critical threats across 3 key environmental areas; the upper Normanby Wetlands in the Northern Wet Tropics Word Heritage Area at the headwaters of Rinyirru NP (Salvinia) 2 Normanby Lagoons (feral pigs and cattle) and the Trevethan Creek wildlife corridor adjacent to the NWTWHA (Late season fires, Lantana and Gamba Grass)
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.

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

Status: Closed

The project aimed to increase Flatback, Hawksbill, Green, and Olive Ridley turtles breeding success through the exchange of conservation information between relevant stakeholders and sufficient pest animal management to protect nests.
This project included the control of weed infestations and the protection of natural beach and dune flora near Chilli Beach as well as the revegetation of the area surrounding the esplanade. The repair of dune degradation from vehicle access was also an integral part of the project.

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

Project Summary:

This project was targeted to improve the water quality of Cameron Creek, part of the Endeavour River system, and the Billabong Wetland. This also assisted in protecting the rare and endemic Livistona concinna (Cooktown fan palm), and ecology of surrounding forest and wetland.

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.

This project delivered strategic and coordinated pest management actions to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York.

South Cape York Catchments worked together with Cape York NRM develop the Cape York Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Great Barrier Reef Catchments. This project had two components aimed at producing outcomes central to the water quality improvement plan:

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.

This project documents the aquatic fauna and quantify the water quality of wetlands on Violet Vale Station. These surveys targeted fish, crustaceans and turtles and provides an indication of the inherent biodiversity value of the wetlands and serve as baseline data to monitor future management actions.

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
23 Aug 2017

Western Cape York turtle nesting season is underway again. Turtles nest all year round on Cape York, but peak nesting time on the western Cape is from July to October each year.

This corresponds with the time of the year that the beaches are most accessible, and visitation to these remote beaches continues to increase.

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.

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:

18 Aug 2016

The Queensland Government has agreed or agreed in principle with all 10 recommendations from the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce.

The Government announced immediate support for four recommendations (two major integrated projects, increased extension, funding for innovation, and expanded monitoring) when it received

the Taskforce’s Final Report in May.

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.

27 May 2016

Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines is holding public information sessions across the plan area to provide further information on the statement of proposals and the commencement of the water planning process. 

23 Mar 2016

An alliance of conservation, agriculture and natural resource management groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see the signatories working together to look after the health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

18 Aug 2015

Rangers are having fantastic success protecting the nests of nationally endangered olive ridely turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) along beaches managed by the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea program.

30 Jul 2015

There are no known records of sexually mature (adult) Glyphis glyphis. ANYWHERE. EVER.

This is one of the reasons the Barry Lyon from Australia Zoo commenced researching the G.glyphis (otherwise known as the speartooth shark) in 2012.

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.

18 Jun 2015

The Kowanyama Rangers officially started their marine turtle monitoring program this week. In 2014, the ranger group received training and support from the Threatened Species Unit of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and several rangers attended training at the famous Mon Repos Turtle Centre in early 2015. 

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

By Will Higham, Cape York Natural Resource Management

Cape York NRM has started work on a water quality planning and implementation framework for Cape York Peninsula.

01 Dec 2014

TOWARDS the end of 2011, near to 1000 turtle and 170 dugong deaths were reported along the Queensland coast. Less than half that number were recorded during the same period in the previous year.

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.

01 Dec 2014

GHOST nets are fishing nets abandoned at sea, lost accidentally or deliberately discarded. They are death traps for marine life as they are unattended and free roaming, continuously fishing unmanned and indiscriminately.

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.

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

Cape York’s threatened turtle species are set to benefit from a new alliance, originally formed on western Cape York in 2012.

Three Indigenous councils committed to working together by taking a regional approach to the monitoring and threat management of the Flatback, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles; all three are threatened marine species.

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

15 Sep 2013

Ghostnets Australia, WCTTAA Councils and Cape York NRM have formed a partneship to support  the group in 2014, with funding committed for coordination, monitoring and data management .

The group (pictured right, with Cape York NRM) formed earlier in the year with the aim of reducing threats to  marine turtle species.

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.

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 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.

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

Control of the invasive water weed, Hymenachne sp. discovered at Keating's Lagoon, has taken five years. 

These days the wetland menace is like a boxer on the ropes, and has been since late 2012.

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. 

12 Mar 2012

By Lyndal Scobell

Flatback turtle eggs on the west coast of the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, have an increased chance of hatching after an intense program resulting in the removal of 337 pigs from the area.

01 Jan 2012

ABC’s Annie Guest writes: Queensland’s Gulf country touted as the nation’s next food bowl.

Pic suggestion - photo of fresh food produce

01 Jan 2012

 A special edition containing information on Indigenous land and sea management in remote Australia has been published by The Journal of Ecological Management and Restoration. Articles can be found at:

01 Dec 2011

CAPE York Natural Resource Management Ltd. was founded in 2010 and is  the most recently established regional NRM body in Australia.

The NGO has been working recently with the World Wide Fund - Australia, (WWF) and the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (Ghost Nets Australia Program), on an Ecosystem Based Marine Turtle Conservation Project for Cape York Peninsula.

01 Dec 2011

Did you know there are approximately 46, 000 indivdual pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the world’s oceans?

This garbage impacts more than 100, 000 marine mammals, and one million seabirds each year.  Affected are 77  species of Australian marine wildlife, 20 of which are currently listed as endangered.

06 Nov 2011

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

The aims of the forum:

06 Nov 2011

This internationally acclaimed documentary features Dr Col Limpus and his study based on tracking Loggerhead turtles. The film was graced with  four awards at the annual Baikal International Film Festival.

For further information visit:

05 Oct 2011

The Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program weeds crew has been busy tackling Rubber Vine north of the containment line for the past month, with more than 90 ha of land receiving application of control methods.

05 Oct 2011

The Griffith University Reef Rescue funded a study into the causes, sources and management of sediment runoff to the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). In 2012 the study is in the third year of the four year program.

02 May 2011

Queensland Regional Groups Collective Newsletter The Rumble is available at:

By Lyndal ScobellPredatory raids on turtle egg nests continue to threaten the survival of two endangered turtle species that nest on the shores of western Cape York Peninsula.