Stories in this Theme

Submitted by Charles Darwin University

In November 2014 Western Cape Turtle Threat Alliance Coordinator Johanna Karam and Apudthama Ranger Dale Motlop joined more than 40 people from across northern Australia for a workshop on wildlife monitoring using motion detection cameras, in Darwin.

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.

Damian has drawn attention from his surrounding farming community for the interesting work he carries out on his property. The land had been intensively farmed for a decade prior to his ownership, and sections of the land of were struggling with the impacts of overgrazing, weed infestation and  historic chemical use.

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:

Case Study of Fire Management and related costs for Elsey Station (1999).

A ground-breaking partnership between Olkola Aboriginal Corporation, Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council and Natural Carbon, will see early season burning of over 13 000 square kilometres of Cape York savanna country using traditional burning practices.

A clean-up of the Lakes is the first of several key projects scheduled by The Western Cape Land Care Group following their general meeting held on Tuesday 6 May.

Key to discussions were clean-ups of local beauty spots, including beach areas where marine debris wash ashore, and tidying major intersections of Weipa access roads, where roadside rubbish from travellers is a major concern.
Alex Dunn, president of Western Cape Land Care Groups said a renewed effort to clean up the town lakes was chosen as a key project to pursue, in partnership with Goodline.

Directors of Oyala Thumotang Land Trust met in Weipa on 6 and 7 May 2014 to plan for the future of the land trust.

Weeds are introduced plants that reproduce or even proliferate unaided. Most weeds are exotic, however native plants can also be considered weeds if introduced outside of their natural range. In many cases it is not for many years, or even decades after a plant’s introduction that it is considered a weed as they tend to be recognised as such only when they have already spread.

Environmental weeds are plants that represent a threat to the conservation values of natural ecosystems.