Rainforest Aboriginal partnerships

Liaising and co-operating with Rainforest Aboriginal people of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and respecting their traditions are key elements to how the Wet Tropics Management Authority operates.

As the original managers and custodians who shaped the landscape to it's current natural significance, the Authority acknowledges the significant contribution Rainforest Aboriginal people make to management of the World Heritage Area. 
 
The capacity of Traditional Owners to express their knowledge, cultures and “looking after country" practices is critical to their well-being, yields social and economic dividends for the broader community, as well as environmental and cultural benefits.
 
Appropriate recognition and support provides a platform for improved leadership, governance and operational competencies through capacity growth, education, and equitable participation in decision-making, enterprise development and employment.
 
 

Working together

 
The Authority undertakes community and corporate liaison, policy and protocol development, negotiation and implementation of native title determinations and Indigenous Land Use Agreements, collaborative projects (such as cultural heritage management, tourism, research, training, production of interpretive and education materials and Indigenous Protected Area planning), engagement in permit assessments and supports the preparation of grants for Rainforest Aboriginal organisations for their involvement in on-ground management.
 
This partnership approach includes working closely with Rainforest Aboriginal people and their local and regional organisations, native title representative bodies, Australian and Queensland government agencies, local government councils, non government organisations and reference groups.
 

News and Events

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Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Taskforce set to hand-treat yellow crazy ant infestations in southern Cairns suburbs and World Heritage Area... READ MORE

The Authority's July eNews out now

The Authority's July eNews out now

From taking to the skies to getting down among the rainforest and communities, the Authority has been spreading itself wide. ... READ MORE

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has joined students, parents and teachers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Centre to celebrate their contributi... READ MORE