Cape York Natural Resource Management


Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd (Cape York NRM) is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation that works with individuals, groups and communities across Cape York, facilitating care of Country, through natural and cultural resource management activities.
The organisational mission is to help people to work together to care for the natural environment, and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
After exetensive community engagement, Cape York NRM has established organisational guidelintes in the development of partnerships in the communities of Cape York. Interaction with the residents of those communities takes place through various activities and projects based on principles of sustainable development, capacity building, support and development, and regional coordination and planning.  
Cape York NRM staff work with land and sea managers, traditional custodians, growers, graziers and ranger groups on a wide variety of programs that enhance the varied ecological landscapes of Cape York.  
Through cooperation these partnerships ensure:
  • the future of wetlands, varied soil types and the Great Barrier Reef
  • support of efforts to maintain sustainable numbers of threatened species, including sea turtles and the rare Jardine River turtle
  • address and identification of threats to environment, culture and community 
  • dealing with the effects of climate change
  • attempts to control invasive species i.e.  feral pigs and weeds
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New Directors welcomed to Cape York NRM

21 Dec 2016

Cape York NRM held its Annual General Meeting at the Laura Racecourse and Rodeo Grounds on Saturday 29 October 2016, at which time Company Secretary Bob Frazer formally announced the result of director elections.

The current Board of Directors is made up of the following Cape York NRM members:

Cape York NRM AGM in Laura

04 Nov 2016

Cape York NRM members gathered on Saturday 29 October for the company's 2016 AGM. 

The meeting was very successful and attendees enjoyed getting together and camping for a couple of days at the beautiful Laura Racecourse and Rodeo Grounds. 

A new world of planning: launch of the Cape York Atlas

25 Apr 2016

by Lyndal Scobell, Luke Preece and Peta Standley

On 27 April in Cairns, Cape York NRM will launch a dynamic natural resource management plan that anticipates, and allows for, change.

Working together to care for the Reef

23 Mar 2016

An alliance of conservation, agriculture and natural resource management groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see the signatories working together to look after the health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

Local legend recognised for his voluntary contributions

03 Feb 2016

Cooktown character and well-known identity, John Giese, has been recognised by his former natural resource management colleagues for his outstanding contribution to the sector across Cape York.

Summer news: Healthy Country Newsletter now available

22 Dec 2015

People and Partnerships are integral to successful natural resource management on Cape York.  The summer edition of the newsletter (Issue 25) showcases the importance of partnerships, and highlights some of the great work that has taken place on Cape York in 2015.

New leadership for Cape York NRM

20 Nov 2015

Cape York NRM welcomed two new Directors, and a new Chairperson, at the company’s recent Annual General Meeting and Board meeting held in Coen on 4 and 5 November.

We're investing in Cape York's future land and sea managers

17 Nov 2015

Cape York NRM is proud to sponsor the Year 10 Conservation and Land Management award at Western Cape College and the Year 10 Environmental Excellence award at Cooktown State School.

During June 2015, the “Grow Do It” – Musical Gardening Program visited Lakeland, Laura, Bloomfield and Rossville State Schools.

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The Wenlock Management Catchment Group Inc. is a not-for-profit group established to give voice to the Wenlock River.

The Wenlock Management Catchment Group Inc. is a not-for-profit group established to give voice to the Wenlock River.

This is a community engagement program in the Lockhart River region and part of  the Your Climate NRM planning project.

The Community Champion will engage with residents under a plan outlined in the Your Climate activities and milestones schedule 

Corporate Plan 2016 - 2020

Published: Mar 2018
Type: Corporate Document

Annual Community Report 2016-2017

Published: Dec 2017
Type: Annual Report

Cape York NRM Financial Report 2017

Cape York Natural Resource Management Financial Report, for the year ended 30 June 2017
Published: Oct 2017
Type: Annual Report

Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd Constitution

Published: Jul 2017
Type: Corporate Document

Agriculture and water quality

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
Published: Mar 2017
Type: Reference Document

Cape York NRM Annual Community Report 2015-2016

Cape York NRM Annual Community Report 2015-2016
Published: Nov 2016
Type: Annual Report

Cape York NRM Financial Report 2016

Cape York Natural Resource Management Financial Report, for the year ended 30 June 2016
Published: Sep 2016
Type: Annual Report

Healthy Country 27: Our Aquatic Ecosystems

Issue 27 of Healthy Country Newsletter explores some of the big issues impacting our water resources on the Cape, like gully erosion, salt water incursion and changing seasonal impacts.
Published: Aug 2016
Type: Newsletter Edition

Great Barrier Reef Lagoon

Published: May 2016
Type: Dataset

A water quality improvement plan for Western Cape York Peninsula: invitation to invest

This brochure outlines the plans of Cape York Natural Resource Management with regards to developing nine Water Quality Improvement Plans for the 9 drainage basins on western Cape York Peninsula.
Published: Apr 2016
Type: Corporate Document