Girringun Aboriginal Ranger Program

Project under taken with assistance from Terrain NRM and John Winter

Who are the Girringun Aboriginal Rangers previously know as the Cardwell Indigenous Ranger Unit (CIRU)?

  • 13 personnel comprising - 7 Indigenous Male Rangers, 3 Indigenous Female Rangers, Ranger Coordinator Assistant, Ranger Coordinator
  • Established in 2010 through the Commonwealths ‘Working On Country’ Program
  • Additional Funding support from Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers, and various grant submissions.
  • Work with numerous stakeholders through MOU, RPA, Contracts

Girringun Aboriginal Rangers conduct much of the on ground operations to achieve meaningful management outcomes for Girringun, with emphasis upon Culture and Caring for our Land and Sea Country. Girringun Aboriginal Rangers are instrumental in leading many projects within the Girringun IPA and provide invaluable support to other stakeholder partners. Rangers are well resourced, highly skilled and trained to conduct all types of field work. Rangers work within the boundary of the Girringun Indigenous Protected Area, and are supported within the corporation by Girringun Arts, Biodiversity Unit, TUMRA and IPA.

Some of the projects Rangers are actively involved with include:

  • Beach Clean Ups with Tangaroa Blue and Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI)
  • Exotic Weed Management & Revegetation
  • Maintenance of Traditional Sites
  • Turtle Tagging & Strandings – Freshwater & Saltwater species
  • Working with QPWS – including walking track maintenance, recreation areas, infrastructure repairs and maintenance
  • Fire Management – controlled burns, cultural burning regimes and wildfire response
  • Mahogany Gliders monitoring
  • Girringun Junior Rangers
  • Shark Research with JCU
  • Training and support
  • Water Quality Monitoring – Tully River Basin
  • Pest Animal Management

Partnership Establishment:

  • how the partnerships were established.
  • Commitment from Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), Girringun Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) and Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F).
  • Funding from State and Commonwealth and in-kind costs from Girringun Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Good relationships between the parties.
  • Open and productive dialogue between the parties.
  • MOU with the QPWS

Directing the Girringun Aboriginal Rangers (GAR)

The Steering Committee is chaired by Girringun, and comprised of the Girringun board, QPWS, GBRMPA, DPI&F. It provides management of the CIRU work plan.

  • Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee are in place.
  • Steering Committee is functioning.
  • Agreements are reached by consensus.
  • Implementation and follow up of directions are happening, although not systematic.

Operation of GAR

How GAR operate (and how we would like it to operate)

  • Three full-time Traditional Owner rangers, although often only two on duty.
  • Eleven full time Girringun Rangers working with Girringun Aboriginal Corporation
  • It is seen as a Unit within the Cardwell office of the QPWS (Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service), and also shares activities with Land and Sea Units.
  • Training opportunities have been present, although not all have been taken.
  • Girringun would like to have more culture-related activities carried out on country in the future.

Other GAR Connections

Other current Management connections with GAR.

  • With GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
  • Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA)
  • Monitoring of fisheries with DPI&F (Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries)

We work in conjunction with:

  • Traditional Owners
  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS)
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WPSQ)
  • Local Councils, Hinchinbrook Regional Shire Council, Cassowary C
  • Terrain NRM
  • Marine Parks
  • James Cook University
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)
  • Rainforest Rescue
  • NQ Dry Tropics
  • Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA)
  • Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP)
  • Gudjuda Reference Group, Bowen

Shared Space Concept

The many possibilities for a shared agenda between Indigenous peoples and Agencies.