Kerri is the Biodiversity and Fire Manager for Cape York NRM. She has over 10 years’ experience in community-based natural resource management and has worked in the coastal sector since 2007, focusing on developing and implementing coastal management plans. During this time Kerri has worked on a range of planning, community engagement and on-ground system repair projects being delivered across urban, island and natural coastal systems.
Kerri also works with the WCTTAA member organisations (Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Napranum, Mapoon and Northern Peninsula Area Councils) whose mission is ‘to efficiently manage threats to coastal habitats and enhance opportunities for nesting marine turtle populations of the Western Cape’.
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.
2019–2020 has been a big year for the Biodiversity and Fire Program. After a number of staff changes, the team now consists of Biodiversity and Fire Program Manager Kerri Woodcock who is based in Cairns, and Biodiversity Officer Dr Helen Penrose, and Community Engagement Officer Joey Dix who are both based in Cooktown.
With the support of Cape York NRM, the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance, a collective of five western Cape Indigenous Ranger groups, spent the 2019 nesting season (June – September) monitoring seven beaches, managing feral pig numbers and installing turtle nest cages to protect eggs and hatchlings.