Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements
Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements (TUMRA) describe how Traditional Owner groups work with Australian and Queensland governments to manage traditional use activities in sea country.
A TUMRA may describe, for example, how Traditional Owner groups wish to manage their take of natural resources (including protected species), their role in compliance and their role in monitoring the condition of plants and animals, and human activities, in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
A TUMRA implementation plan may describe ways to educate the public about traditional connections to sea country areas, and to educate other members of a Traditional Owner group about the conditions of the TUMRA.
TUMRA are formal agreements developed by Traditional Owner groups and accredited by GBRMPA and the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. Each TUMRA operates for a set time after which it is renegotiated.
Lama Lama TUMRA
The Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement covers sea country that extends through Princess Charlotte Bay to the Normanby River in the South.
The five year agreement accredited in August 2013 outlines compliance activities, research and education and a junior rangers program. Illegal take of marine resources will also be minimised with the Lama Lama rangers receiving compliance training delivered by staff from Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Through the Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation the Lama Lama Traditional Owner’s already coordinate a ranger program and jointly manage the Lama Lama National Park and Marrpa Islands National Park with the Queensland Government. The Lama Lama Traditional Owner's have developed an agreement that will meet their aspirations for managing sea country.
The agreement will result in opportunities to learn new skills and offer employment and economic development for people in the region.
The Girringun region Traditional Owners were the first Traditional Owners in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to develop an accredited TUMRA. The agreement was endorsed by the six Girringun Aboriginal Corporation sea country groups: Djiru, Gulnay, Girramay, Bandjin, Warragamay and Nywaigi.
The Girringun Aboriginal Corporation has now developed its third TUMRA which was accredited by the Australian and Queensland governments in December 2010. This TUMRA builds upon their first (2005) and second (2008) TUMRAs and applies to sea country between Rollingstone and Mission Beach.
View map of Girringun Region TUMRA
Dharumbal TUMRA – Woppaburra Section
In June 2007, the first Dharumbal TUMRA-Woppaburra Section was accredited, followed by a second TUMRA which was accredited in September 2010. The TUMRA recognises that the Woppaburra Traditional Owners, GBRMPA and the Queensland Government are willing to work together to share responsibility for managing the traditional use of marine resources and associated sea country issues for the Keppel Islands region.
View map of Dharumbal TUMRA – Woppaburra Section
The Wuthathi people are the traditional owners for the Shelburne Bay area of Cape York and their TUMRA, accredited in June 2008, covers their traditional sea country area. The Wuthathi Traditional Owners have a clear vision for managing their sea country and their TUMRA forms an integral part of this.
View map of Wuthathi Region TUMRA
GBRMPA is assisting the Girringun, Dharumbal, Mamu and Wuthathi Traditional Owners to implement their agreements.
Port Curtis Coral Coast (PCCC) TUMRA
Accredited in August 2011, the PCCC Regional TUMRA is the fifth and largest agreement of its kind. It covers an area almost ten times the size of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory or 26,386 square kilometres. The TUMRA area extends from Burrum Heads, south of Bundaberg, to and including Curtis Island off Gladstone.
Under the agreement, Port Curtis Coral Coast Traditional Owner groups, which include Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Bailai and Tarebilang Bunda, are committed to initiating management strategies that will positively impact their sea country.
View map of PCCC TUMRA Region
Visit the Gidarjil Development Corporation website for more information on the PCCC TUMRA.
Indigenous Land Use Agreements
Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) are agreements about the use and management of land and waters that are made between one or more native title groups and other people or parties. The Australian Government through GBRMPA is a party to the Kuuku Ya'u People's ILUA, with implementation managed in the same way as a TUMRA. The Kuuku Ya'u Agreement is the first Marine Park ILUA. It recognises Traditional Owner native title rights and interests in the management of nearly 2000 square kilometres of sea within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, in an area north of Lockhart River.
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