Rainforest Aboriginal News

The Rainforest Aboriginal News is a quarterly newsletter that helps keep Rainforest Aboriginal people connected and informed about what's happening across the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Each edition provides a World Heritage update and an     NRM update from the Indigenous Directors on the Authority and Terrain NRM boards.

It also provides an avenue for Rainforest Aboriginal people and their organisations to share stories and promote the important and on-going role they play in the management and protection of this significant cultural landscape.

Issue 16: August 2021

In this issue:

  • Rainforest Aboriginal People's Regional Forum
  •  Gunggandji-Mandingalbay Yidinji rangers get upskilled through Reef Assist
  • Dulabed and Malanbarra Yidinji Rangers and WTMA celebrate NAIDOC together
  • Wanyurr-Majay Corporation starts to map traditional water sources

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue 15: April 2021

In this issue:

  • Gunggandji-Mandingalbay Yidinji use Reef Assist funds to employ 11 people to do projects on Country
  • Wanyurr-Majay teach language and develop a bush tucker plot with McConnell Creek State School
  • Self-determination on Eastern Kuku Yalanji country through partnerships for land buy-back
  • 2021 Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples' Regional Forum planned for June

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue 14: January 2021

In this issue:

  • Cultural burning included in accredited training
  • Wanyurr-Majay NAIDOC celebrations
  • Recognising traditional knowledge under Biodiscovery Act 2004
  • All-women cool burn inspires teenage girls at Girringun

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue 13: September 2020

In this issue:

  • Tourism in the Wet Tropics
  • Yirrganydji Rangers building capacity in fire management
  • Rainforest Aboriginal Grants update
  • Jabalbina undertake Snapper Island clean up and compliance training

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue 12: June 2020

In this issue:

  • Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers Conference 2020
  •  Rainforest Aboriginal Grants 
  • Traditional Owner Leadership Group update

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue 11: February 2020

In this issue:

  • The Wet Tropics Regional Agreement 

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue Ten: November 2019

In this issue:

  • Reconnecting with country for cultural survival
  • Tradition & technology at Indigenous Women's Workshop
  • Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples regional forum 2019

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue Nine: August 2019

In this issue:

  •  Treasuring the Tully
  • Outstanding fire management and pest control underway
  • Djabugay Bulmba Bama Plan launch

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue Eight: March 2019

In this issue:

  • Mamu's work on Koster's curse
  • TUMRA book and tourism video launch
  • Signs unveiled at Jilgi, Ganyiira and Buddabadoo

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue Seven: October 2018

In this issue:

  • Girramay native title determination
  • Preserving the Mt Windsor dendroglyph
  • New faces at the Authority

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Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue Six: June 2018

In this issue:

  • NAIDOC 2018: "Because of her, we can" feature
  • Traditional Owner leadership group
  • 30th Anniversary of Wet Tropics World Heritage listing

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Issue Five: March 2018

In this issue:

  • Rainforest Aboriginal Grants success
  • Regional workshop 
  • Country-based planning workshop

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Rainforest Aboriginal News March 2018
Photographer: Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue Four: July 2017

In this issue:

  • Honouring late Elder
  • Successful Rainforest Aboriginal Grants
  • Indigenous Ranger workshop on Kuku Yalanji country

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Rainforest Aboriginal News March 2018
Photographer: Wet Tropics Management Authority

Issue Three: April 2017

In this issue:

  • Rainforest Aboriginal Grants
  • Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (MIP)
  • Biocultural baseline survey at Minjilji
  • Jalbu Jalbu women's land and sea management workshop
  • Djabugay Bulmba Rangers

Rainforest Aboriginal News 2017 (3)
Photographer: Alicia Haines

Issue Two: January 2017

In this issue:

  • Cassowary Award recipients
  • Motivation to restore Babinda Creek
  • Fiji delegates learn from the Wet Tropics
  • Wet Tropics Indigenous Ranger Network
  • Strengthening rainforest plant knowledge
  • Showcasing innovative and emerging cultural tourism

Rainforest Aboriginal News Banner 1
Photographer: WTMA

Issue One: October 2016

In this issue:

  • Refreshing Rainforest Aboriginal engagement 
  • Looking for northern bettongs
  • Future leaders stepping up
  • Living on and working on country
  • Gabun, little fish
  • Update from the IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Staff profiles: the Authority's Aboriginal partnerships team

Rainforest Aboriginal News Issue 1 Oct2016 Image
Photographer: WTMA




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