The Girringun Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was dedicated in June 2013 and covers over 1.2 million hectares in far north Queensland. It includes terrestrial, marine and coastal areas and is comprised of mixed tenures that stretch from Rollingstone in the south to the Djiru-Mamu boundary in the north, extending inland to the west as far as Greenvale and Mount Garnet. This includes parts of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
The IPA is a regional representative platform to support and facilitate the active engagement of nine Traditional Owner groups in the co-management of traditional land and sea estates with regional, national and international partners. It ensures that traditional management practices and knowledge are both recognised and incorporated strategically and on-ground to help keep Girringun country and culture healthy and strong.
The Girringun Land and Sea Rangers seek to deliver environmental services across this land and sea country, and to be a sustainable ranger service. They are currently working to implement plans of management and agreements for keeping Girringun country healthy. The rangers also play a key role in the preservation of traditional ecological knowledge, maintaining significant cultural heritage sites, participating in research activities and raising the profile of Aboriginal natural and cultural resource management in the area through community liaison.
To view a video capturing the personal journeys that the Girringun Rangers have taken over the last 10 years, please click here.