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Project Number: CY PA 13 - Crab Island

Project Name: Crab Island Flatback Turtles

Organisation: Cape York Peninsula Development Association

Desmond Tayley is a Cape York leader, who has the rare distinction of being one of Australia’s youngest and longest-serving mayors.

As the Mayor of Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, he describes his community as the place “so nice you’ve got to say it twice”.

In Episode 2 of My Cape York Life we continue the journey of Shelley Lyon and her family through Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland.

Tropical heathland assemblages have been identified as a unique feature of Cape York Peninsula. However, as with many of the vegetation assemblages in this area, little is known of their ecology. Such systems have developed primarily on large, siliceous sand dunes close to the coast.

This project has two main aims:

1. To investigate the novel pharmacological actions and chemical compounds of plant species used as traditional medicines from an area of high biodiversity, the Kaanju Homelands centred on the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers.

Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation and Kaanju Traditional Owners living on homelands at Chuulangun are working on an on-going Ethno-ecology project with the assistance of ethno-botanist Nick Smith.

Study sites

The study will be conducted at two scales: broadly across the whole of the Cape York Peninsula and locally at Chillagoe.

The project involves the establishment of a native plant nursery at Chuulangun for the purpose of revegetating and stabilising degraded areas on the upper Wenlock River.

During 2002-2003 meetings were held with Minister Robertson and the CEO of Sunwater, Mr Peter Noonan regarding the issue of the noxious fish 'Tilapia' escaping from Lake Tinaroo and infesting the Mitchell River and other Gulf Rivers.