Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation


Nov 8, 2013 (4 years and 6 months ago)


Dale Mundraby

Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation

Mandingalbay Yidinji Country

Native Title

Proposed Mandingalbay Yidinji IPA

National Park


Environmental Reserve


Tenures within the MY IPA

Grey peaks National Park (ILUA)


Reserve (ILUA)

East Trinity Reserve (Freehold)

Exclusive Native Title (mangrove)

Fish Habitat Area (Trinity Inlet)

Marine Park (Trinity Inlet)

Our IPA Journey

2002: Native Title claim lodged

2006: Native Title determination

2006: ILUAs with Qld Dept of Environment and
Resource Management (DERM), Wet Tropics
Management Authority (WTMA), Cairns Regional
Council, Telstra and Ergon Energy.

Strategic Plan for Mandingalbay Yidinji Country

2010 Djunbunji Land and Sea Program

2011 MOU with DERM and Qld Fisheries

2011 IPA dedicated/declared?

MY IPA Partners

Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation

(Native Title holders)

Djunbunji Land and Sea Program (Rangers)

Department of Environment and Resource
Management (DERM)

Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA)

Queensland Fisheries

Cairns Regional Council

Telstra & Ergon

IPA Program

Southern Cross University

Biosecurity Queensland

Governance and Management

Mandingalbay Yidinji Strategic Plan
Implementation Committee (MYSPIC)

Management tools



Native title

Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs)

Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)

Other agreements in future?

Draft IPA Management Plan


Djunbunji Land and Sea Program

Role of Djunbunji:

Collaborate with partner agencies

Train and employ our Rangers

Implement land and sea management agreements and plans

Support Elders & young people to access and learn about

Provide contract land and sea management services

Support cultural tourism enterprises on Country

Djunbunji workforce

Executive Officer Liaison Officer

Land and Sea Coordinator

Cultural Heritage Ranger & 4 Rangers

Values of Country

Cultural Values


land and sea cultural landscape

Sacred sites and Dreaming tracks

Many totemic animal and plant species

Country provides food and other important

Scenic landscape is iconic backdrop to Cairns

Values of Country

Environmental Values

World Heritage listed

Vine forest, sclerophyll forest, mangroves, seagrass

8 “endangered” ecosystems

17 “of concern” regional ecosystems

Values of Country

Plants and Animals

479 plants species

17 “of concern”

6 “vulnerable”

220 animal species

18 “of concern”

5 mammals

105 fish

7 amphibians

17 reptiles

82 birds (17 migratory species)

IPA Component

Partner Agency

Management Instrument

Trinity Inlet

Fish Habitat Area

Fisheries Queensland

Exclusive Native Title


Trinity Inlet Section

Great Barrier Reef Coast
Marine Park


Exclusive Native Title


East Trinity Environmental


Southern Cross



Research Agreement

Grey Peaks

National Park


existing Native Title


Malbon Thompson

Forest Reserve


existing Native Title


Giangurra Reserve


Regional Council

existing Native Title


Wet Tropics

World Heritage Area


existing Native Title


Cultural Heritage Management

Cultural Site Mapping

Some archaeological surveys were done 20 years
ago, but many of our important sacred sites,
camping places, middens etc. remain

We will:

Collect all published information

Undertake cultural site mapping

Protect & interpret cultural sites

Develop secure information storage

Cultural Heritage Management

Traditional Knowledge

Our Elders hold important cultural knowledge about
how to properly use and manage our Country.

We will

Record Elders’ knowledge

Apply knowledge to management

Educate our children

Share our knowledge

Traditional Resource Use

Using our traditional resources keeps our people
healthy and our culture strong

We will:

Use our animal and plant

resources sustainably

Monitor our use of dugong & turtle

Develop agreements to share our resources

Participate in management of our fish resources

Use our Law and Elders’ knowledge to guide our use
of resources

Educate our young people on wise use of our

Research and Monitoring

We want to work with researchers to better understand and
manage our Country

We will:

Develop protocols for collaborating

with researchers, including:

Protection of our knowledge

Training and employment

Sharing research findings

Negotiate Research Agreements with research institutions

Develop a Research Strategy that sets out our research

Our research priorities

Collaboration with Southern Cross University on
monitoring East Trinity Reserve remediation

Collaboration with Charles Darwin University on a
Community Wellbeing baseline study

Complete environmental baseline study

Tourism research?

Natural Resource Management

Managing natural resources is an essential part of
caring for Country and Culture

Our natural resources include:

The water that flows from the mountain streams
to the inlet and the sea

All the plants and animals that live on our land
and sea country

The rocks, the soil, the sand and the mud that are
the foundations of country

Natural Resource Management

With our partner agencies we will:

Monitor water quality across IPA

Control priority weeds in East Trinity

and other disturbed areas

Continue remediation of acid sulphate

in East Trinity Reserve

Control feral animals,

especially pigs, deer,

horses, fire ants, cats,

dogs and Asian Honey Bees

Develop & implement fire strategy

Welcoming Visitors

We welcome visitors who wish to enjoy and learn
about our Country and Culture

With our partner agencies we will:

Develop a Visitors Code of Conduct

Establish walking tracks in selected locations

Provide visitor information

Install appropriate signage

Develop visitor services:

cultural tours

Cultural education

Camping facilities