Status: Active

This project continues the pond apple control work in the Mt Amos and Cooktown area. In association with Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, South Cape York Catchments, Cook Shire Council and the Traditional Owners, this project builds upon work already undertaken and ensure we further encourage the return of biodiversity in our unique environment.

Rangers from the Injinoo Ranger Base will implement Gamba grass control activities over and area of 50 Ha over 2017.

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 occurs over 3 stages and controls areas of environmental weeds on Dawnvale Station, including Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia).
This project takes a regional approach to biosecurity management in Cape York Peninsula and will enhance the coordination of: · on-ground activities to manage priority biosecurity threats, · training, education and awareness raising opportunities, and · collaborative arrangements with government and non-government stakeholders to identify, manage and mitigate high priority biosecurity threats.

In association with Hopevale Council, Hopevale Congress Rangers, and the Traditional owners, this project will continue Pond Apple control work that has been ongoing in the Hopevale, South Cape Bedford, Alligator creek, and Cooktown areas for the last twenty four years.

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 

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.

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. The property is situated next to a coastal environment and high water quality aids a healthy reef environment, along with healthy land based ecosystems.

This small grant supports herbicide purchase for the control of Rubber Vine, Sicklepod, Blue Snake Weed and Caltrope, at Mt McLean and One Mile Farm

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
Containing and reducing the further spread of established Hymenachne at Pormpuraaw through control works and mapping of treated areas.

Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus) is a significant weed in Queensland and is a declared pest under Queensland legislation. Cape York NRM provides support to the Injinoo Ranger Base, Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council/Apudthama Land & Sea Rangers as part of the

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.

This small grant provides resources for control of snake weed and to reseed pasture with suitable grass species on Lakeland distric property.

This project contains and reduces the further spread of established Hymenachne in the Normanby and Annan catchments through control works and mapping of treated areas.

This project is part of a larger program, implementing strategic and coordinated pest management to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York.

NPARC/Apudthama Land and Sea Rangers will undertake activities to target predators of turtle nests, eggs and hatchlings. As part of the West Coast Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance, these activities represent part of the on-going efforts to reduce the potential impacts of feral pigs on nesting marine turtles.

This project is important to lower the predation rate of >90% by feral pigs and to protect against turtle nest predation/turtle eggs/hatchlings on Skardon Beach- Mapoon. The predation rate will be reduced to a measurable/ amount by conducting a turtle monitoring survey in the turtle season 2017 - August to November under the WCTTA / NTO project .

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)

This small grant supports the control of Sicklepod on Violetvale Station.

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 project was a joint collaboration, initiated by Nyacha Kumopinta Aboriginal Corporation, Wolverton 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.

Status: Closed

This project involved fire, weed and feral animal management using integrated control techniques which complemented each other. The partnerships formed from the project will have lasting benefits for Gummi Junga by combining traditional knowledge with contemporary methods, and also legislative requirements for looking after country.

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.

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:

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.

This small grant will provide resources for control of Sickle Pod on Holroyd Station. 

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 sought to continue the trial of traditional fire management techniques on Kins Plain's in order to halt the overtaking of weeds and exotic grasses on the property with the continued expressed permission of the property owners Darryl and Linda Paradise.
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 Rubber Vine Control project has continued to carry out the established efforts to contain the Rubber Vine threat to by the method of spraying the rubber vine on Lukin River on Yarraden Station also carried out in 2014. This project included 20 days of on-ground control works in conjunction with the Rubber Vine Control project contracted to Wunthulpa Aboriginal Land Trust. 

The goal of the research is to identify cost-effective control programs to reduce reinvasion of coastal areas by feral pigs and thereby reduce the need for aerial culls, it is important to improve our knowledge of pig populations and appropriate management units in western Cape York.
This project ensured the performance of a comprehensive spraying program using Glyphosphate and Conqueror along roads around Portland Roads and Chilli Beach. This project was enacted with assistance from the Cook Shire Council and numerous other organisations.

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.

Control Rubber Vine and attempt further containment at the established Lukin River containment area.

This Rubber Vine Control Project is an integral part of a three year program aimed at implementing a strategic and coordinated pest management action plan to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York Peninsula.

This project is part of a three (3) year program aimed at the implementation of a strategic and coordinated pest management action, plan to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York Peninsula.

This small grant supports herbicide purchase for the control of Rubber Vine, Sicklepod and Caltrope at Soda Springs.

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

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.

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

This project delivered capacity building and mentoring to the Kuku yu people, within the Temple Bay area, through a Pond Apple survey and control program.

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. 

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.

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.

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 Apr 2016
The fifth annual Queensland Pest Animal Symposium will be held in Townsville from 7-10 November 2016. The symposium brings together land managers and researchers from across the state to discuss new and existing management tools, decision support, costs and benefits, community initiatives, social issues, resource issues and cutting-edge research. 
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

Beef cattle producers from across Cape York will converge in Laura next week for Cape York Natural Resource Management’s Beef Cattle Producer Roundtable.

The two day event will feature topics critical to the big issues facing Cape York’s beef cattle industry including changes to lease arrangements, fire management, pest and weed management and business development.

21 Dec 2014

The latest cullling operation in Mapoon, saw 135 five feral pigs destroyed.

Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers and the Animal Management officer conducted an aerial pig cull in early October, a great effort by all involved.

The Land and Sea Management Unit carries out four culls annually, and this effort was the first involving local staff.

01 Dec 2014

Damian and Di Cullenward are farmers from Eugowra, Central NSW.

Damian grew up in the west of the state, and continues to spend time there as a farm contractor.

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

Moblie phones are the new tools for farmers and community members providing access for localised mapping of pest animals and damage caused into the popular website FeralScan.  The new apps use the latest technology produced by the Invasive Animals CRC.

For futher information or to download, visit:

14 Jul 2014

DID you know you can send specimens of potential, new and emerging weeds to the Queensland Herbarium for free identification?

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.

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

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.

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

The Northern Gulf Resource Management Group works in partnership with Cape York Natural Resource Management to identify the biodiversity value of and environmental threats to nature refuges in the two regions under their care.

 This following is a progress report by  Northern Gulf RMG, Dr Carly Starr and Michael Anthony.

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.

12 Mar 2013

Rangers and land managers across Cape York are in the midst of their annual attack on Gamba Grass, a Class 2 declared pest plant in Queensland.

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.

11 Dec 2012

By Brynn Mathews

Bellyache Bush (Jatropha gossypifolia) is a suitable element for the worst nightmare, or if creating the meanest, most invasive weed possible, was your aim.

Ingesting the plant, or even part of it, is highly toxic to both animals and humans, and cattle consumption of the weed is responsible for significant stock losses.

11 Dec 2012

Jajikal-Balabay, or Weary Bay, is part of country belonging to the Jajikal-Warra Traditional Owners (TO) of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.

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.

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 Dec 2011

OVERCAST skies and a light drizzle made for the perfect start for South Cape York Catchments (SCYC) wet season revegetation program. Conditions were ideal for planting and SCYC was assisted by seven enthusiastic Indigenous Conservation Land Management students completing a component of a revegetation techniques course.

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

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

Cape York Natural Resource Management (NRM) is funding a project to build resilience and improve landscape connectivity into the critically endangered coastal vine forest ecosystem of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area.

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.