The Gangalidda Garawa Rangers were established in 2008 and are based in Burketown, approximately 430km northwest of Mount Isa in Queensland.  The rangers are funded through both the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers Program and the Working on Country Program. Gangalidda Garawa Rangers are responsible for managing their traditional country from the Leichhardt River west to the Northern Territory border. Rangers undertake various on-ground management activities that enhance and protect the significant cultural and natural values in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria region for the long term benefit of Traditional Owner groups and communities.

Ranger activities include weed control with particular emphasis on stopping the westerly spread of declared Weeds of National Significance across the Territory border, feral animal control, beach surveys and marine debris patrols, biodiversity and native vegetation monitoring and engaging with local schools through their Junior Ranger Program.

The Gangalidda Garawa Rangers are particularly known for their specialist knowledge and expertise in fire management, having produced the Gulf Savannah Fire Management Guidelines. This flagship publication identifies 13 different land types across the Gulf Savannah and identifies their required fire prescriptions for improved biodiversity, wildfire reduction, carbon abatement and pastoral productivity outcomes. A PDF of the Fire Management Guidelines is avaliable in our publications section.

There are currently 10 fulltime Gangalidda Garawa Rangers and one trainee employed by the CLCAC. For any other enquiries about the Gangalidda Garawa Rangers please contact us at:

87 Musgrave Street
PO Box 71
Burketown, QLD 4830

Phone: (07) 4745 5132
Fax: (07) 4745 5204

18 Mar 2016

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 immediately to the west of the survey area) for its inclusion as a distinct site wit

10 Mar 2016

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. 


With the completion of their training to a Certificate II level the Rangers can begin to explore commercial enterprises involving crocodile management, a long-time aspiration of local Traditional Owner groups. 


10 Jun 2014

CLCAC ranger groups are serious about reducing the damage from feral animals. Feral pigs, for example, have a devastating impact on the environment. They destroy crops, stock and property, spread weeds and transmit diseases, and result in loss of habitat and food resources for native wildlife.

29 Oct 2013

Rangers investigating Redbank Mine find that copper sulphide is leaching into waterways, endangering the local habitat and threatening downstream wetlands.

29 Oct 2011

Rangers undertake basic monitoring to prepare for the carbon economy.

1 Jan 2011
Overview of the land and sea management capabilities of the Gangalidda-Garawa Ranger group.