Stories in this Theme

This project aims to enable Kaanju people to develop an integrated and strategic approach to the management of weeds on traditional homelands. Primarily, it seeks resources to develop innovative research methodologies that support on-country consultation to determine cultural priorities for weed management on a clan basis for Kaanju homelands. The project will develop innovative approaches to pest species management that can be used as a model for clan-based weed management in areas outside Kaanju homelands in Cape York Peninsula.

In November 2002, with the assistance of Balkanu Business Hubs, the Chuulangun community developed a tourism business plan, Chuulangun Traditional Aboriginal Camp Ground Proposal. It is proposed that for a fee the following will be provided:

Discusses options for development of forestry for socio-economic benefits for Wik people on Cape York Peninsula

Venn T.J. (2004) "Visions and Realities for a Wik Forestry Industry on Cape York Peninsula, Australia" Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy, 3, pp.421-451.

“Places were open plains and are now encroached with thickening. They increase every year. Now we can’t look up the plain areas. It is not a plain anymore- it has now thickened up”

This paper outlines efforts by Kaanju families to develop a comprehensive framework for the management of traditional lands and their associated resources on Kaanju homelands.

Traditional fire management is being practiced in Cape York’s Lakefield National Park for the first time in decades. The Kuku Thaypan Traditional Knowledge Recording Project (TKRP) has enabled traditional owners to re-introduce therapeutic burning regimes, whilst documenting the bush wisdom that underpins these practices. The involvement of a JCU Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental Science student is bringing the assets of contemporary scientific analysis to the process.

Low intensity cattle grazing is the dominant land-use across the tropical savannas of northern Australia. The
‘undeveloped’ nature of the north has fostered the perception that our tropical savannas are relatively intact.
However, evidence of widespread collapse of key faunal groups continues to accumulate.

What and Where

Parthenium ( Parthenium hysterophorus ) is a native of North and South America first found in Queensland in 1955. It is now well established central Queensland, extending as far west as Longreach and into the north and south of the state.

Developing guidelines to better manage grazing country.

Control of rubber vine programs need to be planned. It is useful to know what help you can expect from government, how to tackle the problems—and if there is ever a time which you can relax your vigilance. The purpose of this information is to help you develop an effective plan to manage rubber vine.