Engaging renowned Ornithologist Roger Jaensch, and conducting aerial surveys over five years (2009-2013), the Normanton Rangers have recorded 32 active colonies, 28 of them described for the first time. The results have been published in the Sunbird Journal of the Queensland Ornithological Society, co-authored by the Normanton Senior Head Ranger Paul Richardson.

The CLCAC Land and Sea Rangers based at Normanton operate throughout the study area. Within the study area, nine river catchments were defined specifically for the purposes of the colony survey program, particularly to facilitate survey planning. From west to east these catchments were: Leichhardt River (includes Alexandra R.); catchments of M Creek, L Creek and Spring Creek (West); Flinders and Bynoe Rivers; Norman River; Walker Creek, Bayswater Creek and Brannigan Creek; Smithburne River and Fitzmaurice River; Duck Creek and Spring Creek (North); Gilbert River; and Staaten River.

Release date:
23 Aug 2014
Stories on Country
Contributed by:
Joseph Rainbow
Group relations:
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.