Our people have long-held cultural and traditional responsibilities to protect and manage our country.
The Yirrganydji Land and Sea Ranger Program was established to:
Focus on the conservation, sustainability and management of Land and Sea Country on the coast 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.