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Through both Federal and State Government funding, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji ranger program has been delivered by Jabalbina for 12 years. This program has enabled Traditional Owner’s to carry land and cultural management in order to protect and maintain the cultural landscape of country.

Deliverables & Outcomes:

The core of our commitment lies in the agreements to employ 14 indigenous rangers and 1 sea skipper. Our work plan, developed in consultation with traditional owners and Elders, encompasses cultural preservation, environmental stewardship, and community empowerment. This holistic approach yields diverse outcomes, including land conservation, biodiversity protection, cultural revitalization, habitat restoration, fire management, species monitoring, and cultural heritage preservation. Our program goes beyond conservation, fostering employment, skills development, and intergenerational knowledge transfer within the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Clan groups. The program serves as a catalyst for sustainable land management, biodiversity conservation, and the resurgence of indigenous practices, ensuring a harmonious balance between cultural heritage and environmental sustainability for present and future generations.

Ranger Activities:

  • Weed control
  • Vegetation management
  • Fire management and wile fire mitigation
  • Feral animal management
  • Managing cultural walking tracks
  • Clear, monitor and maintain cultural heritage sites
  • Cultural heritage surveys and recordings
  • Visitor management including compliance
  • Revegetation and land restoration
  • Monitoring targets through data collection
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Asset management
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Photos by Annette Ruzicka.

Project Achievements

Year Round Initiatives

  • Year Round Initiatives:
  • Funeral support for Traditional Owners on Country.
  • Management of cultural heritage sites with regular revisits and assessments.
  • Target spraying in priority areas covering 20,000 square meters.
  • Indigenous fire management across 12 hectares of Yalanji Country.
  • Planting 200 corals back into the Great Barrier Reef.



Specific Initiatives

  • Specific Initiatives
  • Planting over 5,000 trees throughout Yalanji Country.
  • Tangaroa Beach clean-up, removing 500 kilos of rubbish.
  • Rehabilitation of 5 kilometres of erosion-damaged roads.
  • Mossman Junior Rangers program in partnership with Mossman State High School.
  • Dive master and Coxswains internship completed by 2 Rangers.



Jabalbina acknowledges and pays respect to our Eastern Kuku Yalanji Elders past, present and emerging.

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