Status: Active

This project continues the pond apple control work in the Mt Amos and Cooktown area. In association with Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, South Cape York Catchments, Cook Shire Council and the Traditional Owners, this project builds upon work already undertaken and ensure we further encourage the return of biodiversity in our unique environment.

This project will increase the level of protection against pond apple for coastal ecosystems on the east coast of Cape York, including mangrove, paperbark swamp and coastal littoral forest vegetation types as well as a number of Wetlands of National Significance.

This project occurs over 3 stages and controls areas of environmental weeds on Dawnvale Station, including Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia).

This investment is hosting a Project Officer, the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance Coordinator. This coordinator role is supporting Rangers in Western Cape York in ghost net data collection, management and training; and the development of the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA).

The project is assisting in the delivery of the main outcome of the Reef Trust Gully Erosion Control Programme; to reduce sediment loads from gully erosion by 50% in the highest priority subcatchments in the Normanby Basin. In this specific project of the Programme the remediation sites are Crocodile Gap, Granite Normanby, and the West Normanby Bridge.

This project contributes to improvement to water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef by enabling landholders on priority grazing properties in the Laura-Normanby catchments of Cape York to tackle high risk issues impacting water quality in the GBR Lagoon.

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The White Bellied sub-species of the Crimson Finch, Neochmia phaeton evangelinae, and the northern sub-species of the Star Finch, Noechnia ruficauda clarescens have been declining in the Kowanyama region over the last 10 years.
There is a Threatened Species Recovery Plan for these two species.

This programme is delivering natural resource management services that aim to maintain and build ecosystem function and landscape resilience through improved water, soil, fire and integrated pest management.

The objective is to eradicate Hymenachne to prevent its spread by birds, cattle, pigs and floods to adjacent and downstream Wetlands of National Significance, (cattle exclusion fence) and managed for weeds for the next ten years as part of the KALRNMO Weed Management Program.

The Hymenachne area at Kokoberra Swamp will be quarantined by installing 

Mt Louis Station is committed to the eradication of weeds on the property, with specific emphasis on the reduction of weeds in the streams and waterways. The property is situated next to a coastal environment and high water quality aids a healthy reef environment, along with healthy land based ecosystems.

Support the on-going work of the Mapoon Land and Sea Management Program to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the Mapoon rangers
Support the on-going work of the Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Management Program to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the Pormpuraaw rangers
This small grant supports the on-going work of the Apudthama Land and Sea Rangers to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the ranger program during 2015.

This project entals the development of a detailed prospectus for the Western Cape York Water Quality Plan (WCYWQP).

The prospectus project intends to engage with funding bodies and partners to support the WCYWQP project and demonstrates the benefits of supporting Cape York NRM.

This project will control Sicklepod and Rubber vine in the Palmer River, to stop these introduced plants advancing further along the Palmer River and out into pastures.

Weeds, feral pigs, pest fish and fire in and around natural aquatic ecosystems are a major threat to biodiversity.

Violet Vale Station contains 1,896 hectares of wetlands that are listed as wetlands of National significance in the Department of Environment’s Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia.
The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) represents an agreement between land and sea managers from Pormpuraaw, Napranum, Mapoon and Northern Peninsula Area, to work together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York.

Status: Closed

This project forms part of a broader pest management program, delivering on a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures that invoves shooting, trapping and baiting, to reduce pig numbers by 70 percent each year in an area of more than 820,000 hectares.

This project involved fire, weed and feral animal management using integrated control techniques which complemented each other. The partnerships formed from the project will have lasting benefits for Gummi Junga by combining traditional knowledge with contemporary methods, and also legislative requirements for looking after country.

The project aimed to increase Flatback, Hawksbill, Green, and Olive Ridley turtles breeding success through the exchange of conservation information between relevant stakeholders and sufficient pest animal management to protect nests.
This project included the control of weed infestations and the protection of natural beach and dune flora near Chilli Beach as well as the revegetation of the area surrounding the esplanade. The repair of dune degradation from vehicle access was also an integral part of the project.

This project builds on previous engagement with landholders from the “Your Climate” planning project undertaken from March-July 2014, in the Mitchell River catchment area. 

This project was targeted to improve the water quality of Cameron Creek, part of the Endeavour River system, and the Billabong Wetland. This also assisted in protecting the rare and endemic Livistona concinna (Cooktown fan palm), and ecology of surrounding forest and wetland.

As part of their turtle nest protection strategy, the Kowanyama Rangers worked in cooperation with a dedicated on-ground “Feral Control Team” specialising in culling pigs and wild dogs. The FCT acting as part of “Operation Bikki Bikki”

This Rubber Vine Control project has continued to carry out the established efforts to contain the Rubber Vine threat to by the method of spraying the rubber vine on Lukin River on Yarraden Station also carried out in 2014. This project included 20 days of on-ground control works in conjunction with the Rubber Vine Control project contracted to Wunthulpa Aboriginal Land Trust. 

The Normanby River is the fourth largest river system flowing into the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon, and the largest on Cape York. Grazing is the most extensive land use in the catchment, with low density grazing occurring across the majority of the catchment.

This project continues the 3 year program which implements strategic and coordinated pest management actions to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York.

This Rubber Vine Control Project is an integral part of a three year program aimed at implementing a strategic and coordinated pest management action plan to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York Peninsula.

This project is part of a three (3) year program aimed at the implementation of a strategic and coordinated pest management action, plan to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York Peninsula.

This consultancy for the development and writing of a project plan and a grant application for a proposed Litter and Illegal Dumping Program.

This project implements strategic and coordinated weed management actions to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York. 

This project delivered strategic and coordinated pest management actions to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the natural, agricultural and cultural values of Cape York.

South Cape York Catchments worked together with Cape York NRM develop the Cape York Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Great Barrier Reef Catchments. This project had two components aimed at producing outcomes central to the water quality improvement plan:

This project delivered capacity building and mentoring to the Kuku yu people, within the Temple Bay area, through a Pond Apple survey and control program.

In 2014 Seymour Out Bush completed the Temple Bay Pond Apple Project, with the main objective of the project was capacity building of the participants in the form of training, mentoring and on-ground control work. This included mapping and surveying of Pond Apple, then starting the removal of the surveyed Pond Apple. 

The Wenlock River requires good management, an effectively targeted work program and coordinated stakeholder and community participation to maintain these values and to reduce the impacts of populations.

This project documents the aquatic fauna and quantify the water quality of wetlands on Violet Vale Station. These surveys targeted fish, crustaceans and turtles and provides an indication of the inherent biodiversity value of the wetlands and serve as baseline data to monitor future management actions.

This project is part of the Cape York NRM Sustainable Agriculture Project, and establishes a demonstration site focused on soil health, land condition, fire and water management, economic baselines and benchmarks.

It highlights the adoption of sustainable land management practices and establishes good practice for road construction and fencing on Yarraden Station.

16 Nov 2017
A documentary which showcases the work of western Cape York’s Indigenous rangers who work to conserve threatened sea turtle populations will screen in Cairns on Wednesday 29 November.
Funded by the Australian and Queensland Government’s Nest to Ocean Turtle Protection Program, One in a Thousand – Western Cape York Rangers uniting to save sea turtles was made to promote th
23 Aug 2017

Western Cape York turtle nesting season is underway again. Turtles nest all year round on Cape York, but peak nesting time on the western Cape is from July to October each year.

This corresponds with the time of the year that the beaches are most accessible, and visitation to these remote beaches continues to increase.

06 Jun 2016

Students from Mapoon and Western Cape College will learn about environmental management through the creation of art works from recycled rubbish and will exhibit their work at the upcoming Weipa Fishing Classic.

27 May 2016

Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines is holding public information sessions across the plan area to provide further information on the statement of proposals and the commencement of the water planning process. 

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).

30 Jul 2015

There are no known records of sexually mature (adult) Glyphis glyphis. ANYWHERE. EVER.

This is one of the reasons the Barry Lyon from Australia Zoo commenced researching the G.glyphis (otherwise known as the speartooth shark) in 2012.

18 Jun 2015

The Kowanyama Rangers officially started their marine turtle monitoring program this week. In 2014, the ranger group received training and support from the Threatened Species Unit of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and several rangers attended training at the famous Mon Repos Turtle Centre in early 2015. 

17 Jun 2015

Festival goers attending Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival this weekend are invited to take place in an exciting environmental arts project.

Cape York NRM and UMI Arts have combined to form the Cape Create Crew and are delivering the Transforming Trash project to help people understand about the effects of rubbish, particularly plastics in our environment.

19 Mar 2015

Under the Australian Government Reef Rescue Program, Cape York Sustainable Futures (CYSF), are undertaking work to improve the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef lagoon through the increased adoption of land management practices that aim to reduce agricultural nutrient, pesticide and sediment runoff.

21 Dec 2014

By Will Higham, Cape York Natural Resource Management

Cape York NRM has started work on a water quality planning and implementation framework for Cape York Peninsula.

21 Dec 2014

The Wenlock Catchment Management Group has plans for a whole of catchment meeting, in late March 2015.

More information will be available in early 2015.

Photo Left: Rangers from Napranum, Mapoon and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve met in 2014 in Napranum to discuss plans for the lower Wenlock group in 2015.


01 Dec 2014

TOWARDS the end of 2011, near to 1000 turtle and 170 dugong deaths were reported along the Queensland coast. Less than half that number were recorded during the same period in the previous year.

01 Dec 2014

Pic of boat on horizon

The aftermath of Queensland’s cyclone and flood disasters continues to negatively impact marine life, with turtles and dugongs struggling to find food in flood-affected waters.

01 Dec 2014

GHOST nets are fishing nets abandoned at sea, lost accidentally or deliberately discarded. They are death traps for marine life as they are unattended and free roaming, continuously fishing unmanned and indiscriminately.

16 Dec 2013

THE Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA) was accredited on 8 July 2013. The Lama Lama Traditional Owners, the Steering Committee and invited guests celebrated the milestone, 25 September at Port Stewart.

16 Dec 2013

For two months each year, the Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers daily patrol the 25 kilometres of beach between Janie Creek and Pennyfather Beach, to rid the shoreline of threats to nesting turtles.

Olive Ridley and Flatback turtles nest along this stretch.  Threats to turtle survival range from raids on nests by feral pigs, dogs, goannas, birds and crocodiles.

15 Sep 2013

Cape York’s threatened turtle species are set to benefit from a new alliance, originally formed on western Cape York in 2012.

Three Indigenous councils committed to working together by taking a regional approach to the monitoring and threat management of the Flatback, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles; all three are threatened marine species.

15 Sep 2013

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council again hosted an annually held turtle camp at Janie Creek, on western Cape York Peninsuala. During the camp, two Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles, members of an endangerd species, were named, tagged and released back into the ocean. The turtles, dubbed ‘Linda  and Nancy, in honour of two Cooktown sisters who now live in Mapoon,  are equipped with t

14 Mar 2013

An incredible number of thongs or flip flops - 7154 to be exact- have been removed from Mapoon beaches, smashing a record set last year of 4696 removed from Chili Beach, on Cape York's eastern seaboard.

13 Mar 2013

The goal of my current James Cook University research is to discover the most cost effective method for Flatback turtle conservation in Cape York.

12 Mar 2013

Story by Gavin Bassani, Operations Manager, Lama Lama Rangers

The Lama Lama Community and the Lama Lama ranger team gratefully acknowledge the recent donation of critical safety support equipment from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). This support ensures that rangers are able to carry out water safety measures for the people of the community.

10 Oct 2012

Google, the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Caitlin Group initiated a site for online viewing of the exploration of the Great Barrier Reef; it is availble on the device of choice, for visitors. 

12 Mar 2012

By Lyndal Scobell

Flatback turtle eggs on the west coast of the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, have an increased chance of hatching after an intense program resulting in the removal of 337 pigs from the area.

01 Jan 2012

ABC’s Annie Guest writes: Queensland’s Gulf country touted as the nation’s next food bowl.

Pic suggestion - photo of fresh food produce

01 Jan 2012

 A special edition containing information on Indigenous land and sea management in remote Australia has been published by The Journal of Ecological Management and Restoration. Articles can be found at:

01 Dec 2011

CAPE York Natural Resource Management Ltd. was founded in 2010 and is  the most recently established regional NRM body in Australia.

The NGO has been working recently with the World Wide Fund - Australia, (WWF) and the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (Ghost Nets Australia Program), on an Ecosystem Based Marine Turtle Conservation Project for Cape York Peninsula.

01 Dec 2011

Did you know there are approximately 46, 000 indivdual pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the world’s oceans?

This garbage impacts more than 100, 000 marine mammals, and one million seabirds each year.  Affected are 77  species of Australian marine wildlife, 20 of which are currently listed as endangered.

06 Nov 2011

The CapeYork Water Forum was held in conjunction with the Apudthama Cape York Indigenous Rangers Conference.

The aims of the forum:

06 Nov 2011

This internationally acclaimed documentary features Dr Col Limpus and his study based on tracking Loggerhead turtles. The film was graced with  four awards at the annual Baikal International Film Festival.

For further information visit:

05 Oct 2011

The Griffith University Reef Rescue funded a study into the causes, sources and management of sediment runoff to the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). In 2012 the study is in the third year of the four year program.

By Lyndal ScobellPredatory raids on turtle egg nests continue to threaten the survival of two endangered turtle species that nest on the shores of western Cape York Peninsula.