David Claudie is a Kuuku I’yu Northern Kaanju traditional owner and custodian of the northern Kaanju homelands, Northern Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers. He is the CEO and Chairperson of Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation, where he supports and facilitates homelands development, sustainable natural resource management and economic development.
David has extensive experience in natural resource management on Cape York. His leadership drove the declaration of the Kaanju Ngaachi Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers Indigenous Protected Area (4 June 2008).
David’s current projects include:-
- Cultural heritage surveys and mapping – Kuuku I’yu Northern Kaanju Ngaachi
- Chuulangun Rangers (supported by Working on Country and Land & Sea Indigenous Rangers); and
- Implementation of the Kaanju Homelands IPA Management Plan
David is a member of the Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP - IUCN), Cape York Peninsula Regional Advisory Committee (CYPRAC) and was a member of the Steering Committee for the formation of the Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd. He is the Chairperson for Mangkuma, and also for the Wenlock River Catchment Interim Committee.
Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation has recently completed a report Kaanju Fire Management 2003, funded by the Cape York Peninsula Development Association (CYPDA) Fire Project through Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation. The report investigates a number of issues including: