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Below find the contact details for Aboriginal Communities of Cape York Peninsula

Hopevale Aboriginal Community
c/o Post Office
Hopevale QLD 4871
Telephone: (07) 4060 9133
Fax: (07) 4060 9131

Lockhart River Aboriginal Council
c/o Post Office
Lockhart River QLD 4871
Telephone: (07) 4060 7144
Facsimile: (07) 4060 7139

Why manage fire? Large areas of Cape York Peninsula are burnt each year, mostly by late dry season fires. The map below shows how often Cape York Peninsula was burnt by late dry season fires in the nine years from 1997 to 2005. Some areas, mostly rainforest, were never burnt by wildfires in this period;others were burnt nearly every year.

Cattle stations do it tough in dry years. But Peter O'Reagain and John Bushell from Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (QDPIF) don’t think that drought has to mean threadbare country, bony beasts, or massive financial losses for pastoralists.

Grader Grass was one of those weeds that crept in while no-one was looking. Deliberately introduced from India as a potential pasture grass but possibly never intentionally released, it was first recorded in the wild in Queenslands' Mackay district before the Second World War.

Cape York map

Map of Cape York Peninsula showing Artemis in red and Golden-shouldered Parrot distribution in green

Irvinebank residents know that their region is special. It is an area of exceptional plant diversity - its craggy granite slopes are home to a unique range of heath and woodland plants. The residents are also proud of the town's history. Many of the families are descended from hard-working tin miners. The pride the residents have for their town is nowhere more evident than in the Landcare projects they have undertaken

Around Australia, one of today’s most active buyers of pastoral properties and other significant land holdings is the Indigenous Land Corporation. The ILC is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority set up in 1993 as part of Mabo, with a mandate to acquire land for dispossessed Aborigines.In 1998 alone, the corporation spent more
than $28 million on a wide range of properties from Cape York to Perth, including two cattle stations in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

To many it appears somewhat of a paradox that the the extensive burning evidenced by Liechardt might now be the best management practice carried out in our national parks.

Rosewood Station is located 100km south west of Timber Creek, in north-western Northern Territory. Rosewood is 3000km2 and runs a total of 27,000 head when fully stocked. Fire is used on the property to reduce the risk of wildfire, manage grazing behavior and to assist in regenerating pasture.