The Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program is managed by the Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Science (DES). This established program increases local Indigenous participation in environmental management throughout the state, caring for land and sea country.
The North Stradbroke Island program is jointly funded by DES and the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (NSI ETS).
It aims to preserve and enhance the region’s natural and cultural assets, leading to wider social, cultural and economic benefits for North Stradbroke Island – also known as Minjerribah to the Traditional Owners the Quandamooka people – and the broader Quandamooka region.
Five Quandamooka Indigenous people are employed full-time as Land and Sea Rangers, having completed a range of Conservation and Land Management training. Based on North Stradbroke Island for five years, they are responsible for a range of environmental and land management activities including:
- weed and feral animal management
- fire management
- biodiversity surveys of local species and habitats
- cultural work including identification, management and preservation of cultural heritage sites
- supporting disaster recovery efforts
- visitor management and education
- helping manage national park areas.
The Land and Sea Rangers work closely with other local authorities and land management organisations including Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, other key stakeholders and community groups to deliver conservation and environmental management outcomes.
Department of Environment and Science
Economic transition strategy funding
$1.75 million over five years
- Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
- Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
- Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
- Commonwealth Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet
- Healthy Waterways and SEQ Catchments
- Other authorities nominated by the department
Expected economic benefits
- Create full-time employment for five Quandamooka people
- Support for economic opportunities associated with land and sea management
- Rangers spending money into local businesses will help support the local economy
- Full-time employment contributing to year-round island economic stability
Expected social benefits
- Quandamooka people and their families remain on country and with meaningful, stable employment
- Improved community skills and capacity through training and support
- Improved health and social outcomes associated with improved employment status
- Increased community participation in environmental management and protection activities
- Widespread community support for the Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Future generations inspired to care for country
- Broader understanding and education about Quandamooka land and sea management practices
- Rangers receive accredited training, e.g.:
- Conservation and Land Management Certificates II and III
- Aboriginal Land Management
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations).
Project achievements to date
- Five Quandamooka people recruited as (full-time) Land and Sea rangers
- Recruits completed Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (CALM)
- Highlights of program works underway including:
- survey and protection works on key midden sites
- feral animal control through commencement of fox baiting program
- work on bush control with Biosecurity Queensland
- participation in fire protection works, including controlled burns and manual hazard reduction activities
- community recognition - including ranger Lordie Walker winning the Healthy Land and Water ‘Junior Environment Champion Award 2017’ and the team winning the ‘Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger 2017 Photography competition’
- promotion of Minjerribah ranger program to the wider community through Quandamooka Festival events and statewide Indigenous ranger forums
- continued CALM training in Level 1 fire, first aid and chemical handling.
Project next steps
- Ongoing consultation regarding work plan implementation
- Delivery of the work plan including ongoing recording of cultural values on Native Title areas, on-country events with Quandamooka elders and youth and further fox baiting programs to protect native species
- Ongoing work to meet other funding agreement requirements and milestones.