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Yirrganydji Junior & Cadet Ranger Program Cultural Camp

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Group of Indigenous Australians, mainly youth, dressed in shorts and casual wear, stand on a wharf in front of a large white boat.
Camp participants ready to board Wave Dancer to Low Isles.
6 Dec 2019

In September, the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation (DWAC) hosted the Junior and Cadet Ranger Programme Cultural Camp at Ellis Beach in Far North Queensland region.

The aim of the camp was to engage and empower young people to learn about the environment, culture, heritage and the importance of custodianship of the land and sea.

The program was a great opportunity to provide practical experience and exposure to career pathway options for Indigenous youth in the environment sector.

On day three of the camp, the youth visited Low Isles off the coast of Port Douglas, to understand the importance of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) in action.

Camp participants also had the opportunity to take part in a marine biology presentation, snorkelling activity, glass bottom boat tour and a guided heritage walk.

Their hosts at the camp were the Yirrganydji Land and Sea Rangers, who are managed by DWAC. They are a relatively small ranger group that continues to perform very well.

They have established a good reputation for themselves and therefore partnerships with many stakeholders and other management groups in the Cairns and Port Douglas regions.

A group of Indigenous Australians sit on a boat. They are dressed in casual wear. In the background is water.
Melanie from Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation explains to the youth the importance of having a TUMRA in place.

These partnerships have helped to combat pest animals and weeds and manage the other natural and cultural resources on Yirrganydji country.

And of course, they are able to host the Junior and Cadet Ranger Programme Cultural Camp which is held every year and attracts 15 to 20 youth from across the Cairns region.

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Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation was recognised for its contributions to community and the environment, particularly within the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage listed areas.

The corporation delivers a range of projects, including Yirrganydji TUMRA, the Estuarine Crocodile Monitoring Program and the Yirrganydji Land and Sea Ranger Program.

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) currently funds the Yirrganydji Land and Sea Rangers through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

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