Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 30 Year Anniversary Celebrations.
The Gangalidda People of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria are celebrating today following recognition of part of their traditional country, Tarrant Station, as a site within the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Network. The Partnership promotes cooperation across the Flyway’s 22 countries with a voluntary non-binding arrangement with over 120 sites from New Zealand, through Australia and onto Russia and Alaska.
The EAAF Partnership evolved after concerns were raised about the decline in suitable habitat for many species of birds along their annual migratory route of over 20,000km. Gangalidda People, together with many Indigenous people from along the flyway, have become concerned with declining numbers of birds in recent years and took the important step of nominating their country in a hope of highlighting the plight of over 20 migratory species that regularly visit the lower Gulf.
The Tarrant site is a critical stopover for at least three threatened species of migratory birds: Far Eastern Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper – both listed as endangered under the EPBC Act; and Great Knot – recognised globally as a vulnerable species; but also supports a further 16 migratory species that have been observed on the site.
The Gangalidda People will work towards continuing to raise the profile of Tarrant Station and its importance to migratory birds by collecting additional data with a view to expanding the site and to work towards the eventual listing of the area as a RAMSAR site. It is also hoped that the site will become a draw card for tourists visiting the region.
Today’s presentation of the Flyway Certificate to Traditional Owner and Gangalidda and Garawa Senior Head Ranger, Terrence Taylor marks the second such site to be included in the Partnership in the lower Gulf of Carpentaria, the first being Delta Downs Station (north of Karumba) on the traditional country of the Kurtijar People.
Both the Tarrant and Delta nominations were assisted by Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Jaensch Ornithology and Conservation, and the Queensland Waders Study Group. The Gangalidda People would like to take the opportunity to thank their partners for their continuing support in protecting the outstanding environmental and cultural values of their country.
For more information and media comment from the CLCAC call Terrance Taylor, Gangalidda and Garawa, Senior Head Ranger, on (07) 4041 3833.
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Designation of Gangalidda People’s traditional country on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Network
Ten Gangalidda and Garawa Rangers recently completed another round of shorebird identification training with renowned ornithologist (bird expert) Roger Jaensch. The training session also included a survey of known bird roosts found between the Leichhardt and Albert River mouths. Though conditions were extremely hot and the going was tough on our team, several thousand birds were observed roosting on the intertidal flats between the river mouths. Such data adds to the recent nomination of Tarrant (located immediate
CLCAC Rangers completed the last round of training required to complete their Certificate II in Remote Crocodile Management on 4 March, in an intensive two week training program that included weekend work. This round of training focused on nest surveys and egg incubation.
Good evening, my name is Thomas Wilson. I am a Lardil person from Mornington Island in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. My people are saltwater people, the neighbours of the Yangkaal, Kaiadilt and Gangalidda Peoples.
Before proceeding, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this country where we are gathered this evening. I would also like to acknowledge all traditional owners that have travelled from far and wide to attend this conference.
Native title rights and interests were yesterday formally recognised in Burketown by the Federal Court of Australia over a number of culturally significant areas and sites, including:
Members and Traditional Owners please be aware that the person (David Nilsson) referred to in the attached 60 Minute Report as a Carbon Cowboy is attempting to engage Traditional Owner groups in the Lower Gulf.