Rainforest Aboriginal partnerships

Liaising and co-operating with Rainforest Aboriginal people of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and respecting their traditions are key elements to how the Wet Tropics Management Authority operates.

As the original managers and custodians who shaped the landscape to it's current natural significance, the Authority acknowledges the significant contribution Rainforest Aboriginal people make to management of the World Heritage Area. 
 
The capacity of Traditional Owners to express their knowledge, cultures and “looking after country" practices is critical to their well-being, yields social and economic dividends for the broader community, as well as environmental and cultural benefits.
 
Appropriate recognition and support provides a platform for improved leadership, governance and operational competencies through capacity growth, education, and equitable participation in decision-making, enterprise development and employment.
 
 

Working together

 
The Authority undertakes community and corporate liaison, policy and protocol development, negotiation and implementation of native title determinations and Indigenous Land Use Agreements, collaborative projects (such as cultural heritage management, tourism, research, training, production of interpretive and education materials and Indigenous Protected Area planning), engagement in permit assessments and supports the preparation of grants for Rainforest Aboriginal organisations for their involvement in on-ground management.
 
This partnership approach includes working closely with Rainforest Aboriginal people and their local and regional organisations, native title representative bodies, Australian and Queensland government agencies, local government councils, non government organisations and reference groups.
 

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Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

A vigorous tree planting session held in March is set to create a critical ecological corridor for Wet Tropics wildlife, linking the tropical coa... READ MORE

Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

The plight of some of Australia's rarest marsupials headline the latest funding splash into the world's oldest rainforest.... READ MORE

Yellow crazy ants discovered at new site in Cairns

Yellow crazy ants discovered at new site in Cairns

Authorities are working to contain a small outbreak of yellow crazy ants discovered in a south Cairns suburb.... READ MORE