GIDARJIL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
WHERE THE THREE RIVERS MEET

Caring For Country

The Gidarjil Caring for Country Program has been operating since 2008 and currently employs six permanent staff: a Project Coordinator, an Administrative Officer, and four indigenous rangers. The program is a Federal Government Funded Land Management Program through the Department Of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population, & Communities.

OUR OBJECTIVE

To enable Indigenous people (including Elders, traditional Owners, men, women and young people) to undertake environmental work on country that meets their aspirations for keeping their country healthy and for protecting their heritage.

WHAT COUNTRY DO WE CARE FOR?

In the past our program mainly focussed upon the lands of the Granite Creek sub-catchment to the west of the Bruce Highway at Lowmead, including Bulburin National Park. However, in recent times we have expanded our program in order to undertake both land and marine management activities throughout the region that covers the traditional lands and traditional sea country of the Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Taribelang Bunda and Bailia peoples

CARING FOR COUNTRY & SEA ACTIVITIES

  • Protection of the riparian rainforest in Granite Creek - especially the eradication of the noxious weed cat’s claw creeper using chemical control and fencing.
  • Chemical control of other noxious weeds, including rat’s tail grass and lantana.
  • Participation in the recovery program for the endangered Bulburin nut (Macadamia jansenii) in collaboration with the Macadamia Conservation Trust and QPWS.
  • Participation in the development of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and TUMRA with Queensland DERM.
  • Setting up a traditional knowledge database, including recording and interviewing elders.
  • Undertaking cultural heritage surveys with archaeologists and elders in the Discovery Coast and Bundaberg areas, and the Bustard Bay Regional Ecosystem Bio-condition Survey with DERM
  • Participating in the marine turtle conservation program at Mon Repos with EPA, including nest monitoring and data collection, tagging, nest relocation, and habitat management.
  • Undertaking pig-trapping in the Granite Creek sub-catchment and on Curtis Island in conjunction with QPWS.
  • Undertaking traditional fire-stick burning in the Granite Creek sub-catchment and the Bundaberg region.
  • Participation in boat patrols, marine animal strandings, and monitoring of coral ecosystems with QPWS.
  • Participation in management of cultural heritage sites across our region.
  • Hosting/participating in community events and workshops e.g. National Tree Planting Day, Gidarjil Festival, workshops with QPWS & Landcare, Traditional Languages

WHAT TRAINING DO WE DO?

  • Certificate III in Conservation & Land Management      
  • Firearms Safety Certificate.     
  • Chainsaw tickets (Levels I & II)      
  • 4-wheel drive course.
  • Operate quad bikes
  • Maintenance of small engines.
  • Rural Fencing
  • AC/DC
  • Tradition Fire Management (Mulong Pty Ltd)
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Feral animal trapping.     
  • Level 1 Fire Course
  • Plant propagation
  • Plant identification & preservation
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you require further information about our program, wish to enquire about our availability to assist you with land management issues, or you want to find out how to become an indigenous ranger, please contact us:
 
Phone: (07) 4130 7704
Address:PO Box 2773
             Bundaberg  QLD  4670

 

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