Mandingalbay Yidinji Country Native Title


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Mandingalbay Yidinji Country

Native Title

Proposed Mandingalbay Yidinji IPA

  • National Park
  • (ILUA)
  • Environmental Reserve
  • (Freehold)
  • Marine Park, (Exclusive Native Title)

Tenures within the MY IPA

  • Grey peaks National Park (ILUA)
  • Gaingurra Reserve (ILUA)
  • East Trinity Reserve (Freehold)
  • Exclusive Native Title (mangrove)
    • Fish Habitat Area (Trinity Inlet)
    • Marine Park (Trinity Inlet)

Our IPA Journey

  • 2002: Native Title claim lodged
  • 2006: Native Title determination
  • 2006: ILUAs with Qld Dept of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA), Cairns Regional Council, Telstra and Ergon Energy.
  • 2009 Strategic Plan for Mandingalbay Yidinji Country
  • 2010 Djunbunji Land and Sea Program
  • 2011 MOU with DERM and Qld Fisheries
  • 2011 IPA dedicated/declared?

MY IPA Partners

  • Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation (Native Title holders)
  • Djunbunji Land and Sea Program (Rangers)
  • Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM)
  • Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA)
  • Queensland Fisheries
  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Telstra & Ergon
  • IPA Program
  • Southern Cross University
  • Biosecurity Queensland

Governance and Management

  • Governance: Mandingalbay Yidinji Strategic Plan Implementation Committee (MYSPIC)
  •  Management tools:
    • Partnerships
    • Rangers
    • Native title
    • Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs)
    • Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
    • Other agreements in future?

Draft IPA Management Plan

QUESTIONS?

Djunbunji Land and Sea Program

  • Role of Djunbunji:
  • Collaborate with partner agencies
  • Train and employ our Rangers
  • Implement land and sea management agreements and plans
  • Support Elders & young people to access and learn about Country
  • Provide contract land and sea management services
  • Support cultural tourism enterprises on Country
  • Djunbunji workforce: Executive Officer Liaison Officer Land and Sea Coordinator Cultural Heritage Ranger & 4 Rangers

Values of Country

  • Cultural Values
  • Holistic land and sea cultural landscape
  • Sacred sites and Dreaming tracks
  • Many totemic animal and plant species
  • Country provides food and other important resources
  • Scenic landscape is iconic backdrop to Cairns

Values of Country

  • Environmental Values
  • World Heritage listed
  • Vine forest, sclerophyll forest, mangroves, seagrass
  • 8 “endangered” ecosystems
  • 17 “of concern” regional ecosystems

Values of Country

  • Plants and Animals
  • 479 plants species
    • 17 “of concern”
    • 6 “vulnerable”
  • 220 animal species
    • 18 “of concern”
    • 5 mammals
    • 105 fish
    • 7 amphibians
    • 17 reptiles
    • 82 birds (17 migratory species)
  • IPA Component
  • Partner Agency
  • Management Instrument
  • Trinity Inlet Fish Habitat Area
  • Fisheries Queensland
  • Exclusive Native Title ILUA / MOU
  • Trinity Inlet Section Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park
  • DERM
  • Exclusive Native Title
  • TUMRA / MOU
  • East Trinity Environmental Reserve
  • DERM Southern Cross University
  • Grey Peaks National Park
  • DERM
  • Co-existing Native Title
  • ILUA /MOU
  • Malbon Thompson Forest Reserve
  • DERM
  • Co-existing Native Title
  • ILUA /MOU
  • Giangurra Reserve
  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Co-existing Native Title
  • ILUA
  • Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
  • WTMA
  • Co-existing Native Title ILUA

Cultural Heritage Management

  • Cultural Site Mapping
  • Some archaeological surveys were done 20 years ago, but many of our important sacred sites, camping places, middens etc. remain undocumented.
  •  
  • We will:
  • Collect all published information
  • Undertake cultural site mapping
  • Protect & interpret cultural sites
  • Develop secure information storage

Cultural Heritage Management

  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Our Elders hold important cultural knowledge about how to properly use and manage our Country.
  •  
  • We will:
  • Record Elders’ knowledge
  • Apply knowledge to management
  • Educate our children
  • Share our knowledge

Traditional Resource Use

  • Using our traditional resources keeps our people healthy and our culture strong We will:
  • Use our animal and plant resources sustainably
  • Monitor our use of dugong & turtle
  • Develop agreements to share our resources
  • Participate in management of our fish resources
  • Use our Law and Elders’ knowledge to guide our use of resources
  • Educate our young people on wise use of our resources

Research and Monitoring

  • We want to work with researchers to better understand and manage our Country
  • We will:
  • Develop protocols for collaborating with researchers, including:
    • Protection of our knowledge
    • Training and employment
    • Sharing research findings
  • Negotiate Research Agreements with research institutions
  • Develop a Research Strategy that sets out our research priorities

Our research priorities

  • Collaboration with Southern Cross University on monitoring East Trinity Reserve remediation
  • Collaboration with Charles Darwin University on a Community Wellbeing baseline study
  • Complete environmental baseline study
  • Tourism research?

Natural Resource Management

  • Managing natural resources is an essential part of caring for Country and Culture
  • Our natural resources include:
  • The water that flows from the mountain streams to the inlet and the sea
  • All the plants and animals that live on our land and sea country
  • The rocks, the soil, the sand and the mud that are the foundations of country

Natural Resource Management

  • With our partner agencies we will:
  • Monitor water quality across IPA
  • Control priority weeds in East Trinity and other disturbed areas
  • Continue remediation of acid sulphate in East Trinity Reserve
  • Control feral animals, especially pigs, deer, horses, fire ants, cats, dogs and Asian Honey Bees
  • Develop & implement fire strategy

Welcoming Visitors

  • We welcome visitors who wish to enjoy and learn about our Country and Culture With our partner agencies we will:
  • Develop a Visitors Code of Conduct
  • Establish walking tracks in selected locations
  • Provide visitor information
  • Install appropriate signage
  • Develop visitor services:
    • Eco-cultural tours
    • Cultural education
    • Camping facilities


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