Stories in this Theme

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.  We travel to Cooktown, Lakefield National Park, the Great Barrier Reef and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, learning about life in remote Cape York. We go beachcombing and exploring, and hear what's its like coming face-to-face with a crocodile. 

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In Episode 1 of My Cape York Life, we talk with Shelley Lyon - a ranger at Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve - on the banks of the Wenlock River.

Shelley has spent over 40 years on Cape York working and living in some of Australia's most beautiful and remote places. In this episode we learn how Shelley and her family came to live on the Cape, and hear some funny and scary tales of her adventures over the years. 

Stories from the people who live, breathe and work Cape York Peninsula, managing the land and our future.

First episode available Friday 10 February 2017.

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Cape York NRM delivered Sustainable grazing management and on-ground works: maintaining Cape York’s resource base for sustainable management and use – reducing pests and weeds, improving water quality
in 2013-2016. The project was funded by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Natural Resource Management Investment Program.

Under Queensland’s Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 gamba grass is a declared Class 2 pest - land managers must take reasonable steps to keep land free of the species and it is an o ence to introduce, keep or supply the species without a permit. 

In 2012 Gamba grass was declared a Weed of National Signi cance. 

Organisations across Cape York are working together to educate people about the need to deal with their rubbish responsibly when travelling around the Cape. Funded by the Queensland Government and coordinated by Cape York NRM, the campaign targets both locals and tourists and urge them to plan ahead for responsible waste disposal before they even hit the road.   


Six rangers representing six groups from across Queensland came together at Melsonby in August to participate in the Stepping Up pilot program. The program is an initiative of South Cape York Catchments and Queensland Government, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, in partnership with Melsonby Land and Sea Rangers.

The Stepping Up program was developed to enhance individual skills, by enabling rangers to manage a project from start to finish.

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

This report details the tourism industry on the Cape York Peninsula and methods to ensure sustainable land use within the industry from both residents and visitors. Published by Probe in September 2003.

This report identifies the major areas and reasons for visitor and community interest on Cape York Peninsula. It develops ways for the tourism industry to focus on themes and markets, and explores ways of communicating to a wide audience.

This region covers Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. It has spectacular natural landscapes, numerous pastoral leases and Aboriginal communities as well as a large bauxite mine at Weipa. It covers an area of 115,000 square kilometres and has a relatively large area set aside for conservation. Pastoralism however is the dominant land use.