The Gunggandji Land and Sea Rangers manage the natural and cultural values of Gunggandji country surrounding Yarrabah, Queensland. The rangers undertake training and on-ground activities to establish a professional Indigenous ranger workforce capable of addressing and reducing threats to the natural and cultural resources of Gunggandji country.
In line with the Gunggandji Land and Sea Country Plan, rangers undertake fire, weed and feral animal management and the conservation of marine and threatened species on Gunggandji country. A large part of the Gunggandji Ranger’s work involves the sustainable management of marine species, especially turtle and dugong, through compliance activities in partnership with regulatory agencies, and participation in turtle stranding and rehabilitation activities.
They work in partnership with neighbouring Indigenous land managers and management authorities who are active in protecting the World Heritage values of the surrounding Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef. Through this partnership they are advancing Gunggandji management priorities within national park and marine park areas, including the development of a Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA).