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.

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.

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

This project facilitates and develops a carbon prioritisation spatial framework for Cape York, for current and future use.

The project uses existing models, such as those used by April Reside and Bob Pressey of James Cook University, adapting the model and populating it the with data pertinent to Cape York Peninsula.

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.

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 work will use knowledge about current and projected climate change in the Cape York region to develop a more specific understanding of the consequences for sustainable management of country in the region.
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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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'.

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.

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 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.

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 assisted with establishing a baseline for the assessment of land condition and to monitor the integrated management of weeds, pest animals and fire to manage natural resources and maintain ecosystem resilience.
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.

Rubber vine's ability to quickly spread and colonise areas makes it a threat to many areas of northern Australia. This project continues on previous works on the Lukin River containmnet area to further contain rubber vine. The main objectives of this project included:

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

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.

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.

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 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. 

This project extended the coverage of traditional fire management practices across Cape York Peninsula, both during this activity and beyond the project timeframe. The project contributed to the Caring for Our Country target ' to expand traditional fire management regimes across at least 200 00 sq km's of northern Australian savannas by 2013. 

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

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 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 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 is part of the Cape York NRM Sustainable Agriculture Project, and establishes a demonstration site focused on soil health, land condition, fire and water management, economic baselines and benchmarks.

It highlights the adoption of sustainable land management practices and establishes good practice for road construction and fencing on Yarraden Station.

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.

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.

08 Jan 2016

The Apudthama Rangers, leading scientists and the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance are concerned there is a dramatic decrease in nesting sites of the Hawksbill Turtle, at one of the key rockeries, Milman Islet.

Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance coordinator, Johanna Karam, talks to ABC Far North.

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.

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.

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. 

30 Dec 2014

THE Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a project aimed at building a digital biodiversity information platform, providing scientists and other researchers with the current information, that will also serve as a dependable and sustainable source for future decades.

21 Dec 2014

Following a comprehensive review of potential climate impacts for northern Queensland, a new report released outlines expected impacts for the north of the state.

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.

16 Dec 2013

For two months each year, the Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers daily patrol the 25 kilometres of beach between Janie Creek and Pennyfather Beach, to rid the shoreline of threats to nesting turtles.

Olive Ridley and Flatback turtles nest along this stretch.  Threats to turtle survival range from raids on nests by feral pigs, dogs, goannas, birds and crocodiles.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

10 Oct 2012

ÆKOS is an ecological data collation and storage system.

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

01 Aug 2011

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

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.

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.

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.
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.