Indigenous Rangers have been reducing pig populations in the lower Gulf since 2009 with over 50,000 feral pigs removed to date with a plan to remove 200,000 in the next 5 years. The rangers have established partnerships with local pastoralists to develop a long term feral pig management program, and train landowners in effective pest management. They conduct annual aerial culling, baiting and trapping, exclusion fencing of sites of significance, and conduct ongoing monitoring on impacts of control efforts.

Demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in feral pig management has resulted in the Normanton Ranger group securing ongoing contract with the Carpentaria Shire Council to deliver their bi annual baiting program to 35 pastoral leases as part of the Shire pest management strategy.

Horses and cats are also prioritised for culling with large numbers already removed. It is estimated that close to 14,000 wild brumbies exist in the Queensland gulf country west of Burketown.

Release date:
10 Jun 2014
Stories on Country
Contributed by:
Joseph Rainbow
Group relations:
Gangalidda Garawa Ranger Unit, Normanton Ranger Unit

Upcoming and recent events

Event date:
28 Sep 2014

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 30 Year Anniversary Celebrations.

Event date:
15 Mar 2014
CLCAC hosted the region's first Indigenous Economic Development Summit in Burketown (March 2014). The Summit was called by Traditional Owners, key industry and business leaders and government officials. Key topics included tourism and small business opportunities.
Event date:
15 Oct 2013
The Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Burketown Shire Council Hall on 16 October 2013.

Stories on country

13 May 2020

CLCAC’s Native Title Holders may be aware that the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program (GBA Program) were pursuing a three stage program of investigations into the potential for shale gas fields in the Gulf region (fracking).

26 Oct 2016

Designation of Gangalidda People’s traditional country on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Network

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. 


2 Apr 2015

 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:

19 Mar 2015

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.