Our land and sea country is internationally recognised and is partly within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Our country has a unique array of ecological communities, habitats and species. Our country has sustained us for thousands of years and we continue to have a strong cultural and spiritual connection. We have rights, responsibilities and obligations to look after country.
Our country faces a range of pressures, from visitors, invasive species, damage and interference of cultural sites, fragmentation, disturbance and impact on marine turtles, limited scientific knowledge, altered hydrological and fire regimes through to extreme weather events, made more acute with a growing population.
We recognise that protecting and conserving the environment and our cultural heritage is a shared responsibility. Therefore we are seeking to establish a land and sea ranger program to protect and manage our country for future generations.
The aspirations of the Ranger Program are to:
- Focus on the conservation, sustainability and management of Land and Sea Country between Cairns and Port Douglas, North Queensland;
- Undertake a range of activities including fire management, protection of threatened species and their habitats, pest plant and feral animal management, visitor management, research and monitoring and cultural heritage management;
- Achieving environmental and cultural heritage benefits in the national interest;
- Protect our rights as Traditional owners and to maintain a healthy link to our country and resources;
- Providing real, long term jobs and greater economic certainty to individuals, families and our community;
- Providing support, training and life skills and career pathways;
- Providing pathways to establish business enterprises based on land, sea and culture;
- Improving health and well being of our people including confidence, self esteem and hope;
- Strengthening and encouraging strong leadership and building relationships and partnerships between Indigenous and non-indigenous organisations; and
- Achieve positive outcomes in a range of important public policy areas including closing the gap in indigenous disadvantage.