Workshop helps Traditional Owners protect sea country

Published: 18/05/2012

An upcoming workshop will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples spot illegal activities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the workshop will give participants clear guidelines on what to do when they see somebody breaking the law and how to report such activities.

It will also give Traditional Owners a clear understanding of how their Native Title rights apply to the Marine Park.

GBRMPA Indigenous Partnerships Group Director Liz Wren said the Engaging Indigenous Communities in Compliance workshop was an opportunity for Traditional Owners to learn more about how they could protect sea country.

"This workshop is for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait community members in the Townsville region who have Native Title or connection to sea country," she said.

"It will provide Traditional Owners with information about Native Title, Zoning, what's legal and what's not.

"It will give people a framework for dealing with issues of non-compliance and it will provide some guidelines on how to be a better witness."

Ms Wren said the one-day training workshop had been held in four Queensland coastal centres since it was developed in January this year.

The workshop follows requests from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for more information on how Zoning and Native Title applies in the Marine Park.

The Townsville workshop will be held at the Reef HQ Aquarium on Friday 25 May, with funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country.

For more information or to register, contact the GBRMPA on 1800 990 177.

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