Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council will join local governments across Queensland banding together to turn around the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
This week Wujal Wujal signed up for another term as a Reef Guardian Council.
Mayor Bradley Creek said the Reef was a place of great significance for the eastern Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owners and neighbouring Kuku Jalunji and Kuku Nyunkal clans who live in the Wujal Wujal community.
“As custodians of this land and sea country, we feel deeply responsible for the Reef,” Mayor Creek said. “We want to work with other government agencies to improve its health.”
Mayor Creek said one of the Council’s priorities was to reduce the sediment runoff from waterways on the unsealed Bloomfield Track between Cape Tribulation and Wujal Wujal.
“We also want to educate visitors who are camping where there are no toilets or rubbish bins,” Mayor Creek said. “The result is pollution in our creeks and the Reef.”
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Assistant Director for Regional Engagement Doon McColl said the Council was leading the way among Aboriginal Councils.
“Wujal Wujal first joined the program in 2018, becoming the first Aboriginal Reef Guardian Council,” Ms McColl said. “We are honoured to be collaborating with them again.
“We hope that other Indigenous communities will also join the program. We expect at least 18 local governments in the Reef catchment will sign up to be Reef Guardians for the next four years.
“These councils are keen to make a difference. It’s a very important and powerful message to send to the rest of the Australia and to world.”
More information on the Reef Guardian Council program can be found on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/our-work/our-programs-and-projects/reef-guardians/reef-guardian-councils.
Image: Wujal Wujal Mayor Bradley Creek and Deputy Mayor Vincent Tayley lead the way as the first Aboriginal Reef Guardian Council.