North Queensland Traditional Owners receive Sea Country grants

Published: 06/07/2012

Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owner groups in North Queensland will rehabilitate wetlands, develop a sea country management plan and hold a knowledge forum through the Sea Country Partnerships Grants Program.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Indigenous Partnerships Group Director Liz Wren said 11 Traditional Owner groups reef-wide would receive grants of $30,000 to $55,000 to undertake environmental projects in their sea country.

The grants are provided under the Australian Government's Caring for our Country Reef Rescue Land and Sea Country Indigenous Partnerships Program.

Ms Wren said three Traditional Owner groups in the North Queensland region had been successful in their grant applications this year.

"Traditional Owners play a vital role as a partner in protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef," she said.

"These grants support direct Traditional Owner involvement in natural and cultural resource management activities.

"This brings environmental, health and social benefits for the broader Indigenous community."

Ms Wren said the successful projects focussed on various aspects of sea country management that would result in better management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

In one project, Traditional Owners will be trained in aquatic and terrestrial weed control so they can rehabilitate the lower Burdekin wetlands.

In another example, Traditional Owners in the Townsville area will develop a Sea Country Management Plan for Magnetic Island which will enable them to take a leading role in managing their sea country and its biodiversity.

Another grant will allow Traditional Owners to hold a three-day Sea Country Knowledge Forum as part of the Girringun Indigenous Rangers Conference in September this year.

Recipients of this year's grants will complete their projects over the next 12 months.

This is the second round of the Sea Country Partnerships Grants Program, following last year's successful program.

The grants are part of a broader Sea Country Partnerships Program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Detailed information on the projects is available on the GBRMPA website.

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