Sea coun­try grant

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A $50,000 grant has been given to Ja­bal­bina Yalanji Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion to con­sult with tra­di­tional own­ers to help them find the best way to man­age their sea coun­try which ex­tends from just north of Port Dou­glas to the south­ern end of Amos Bay.

Ja­bal­bina CEO Michael Fri­day said the money was wel­come and would as­sist sea coun­try tra­di­tional own­ers to con­sider how best to look af­ter their vast re­gion.

Mr Fri­day, who took over as CEO in March, said all of the tra­di­tional owner in­ter­est groups would meet and work out the best way to man­age their sea coun­try be­fore com- pil­ing a re­port for the Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Author­ity.

“Once GBRMPA has the re­port, Ja­bal­bina and GBRMPA will be­gin the process of iden­ti­fy­ing the re­sources that are needed to look af­ter this vast tract of sea coun­try,” he said.

Ja­bal­bina is putting in place ar­range­ments to get all the rel­e­vant TO groups to­gether to start the con­sul­ta­tion process.

GBRMPA in­dige­nous part­ner­ships group di­rec­tor Liz Wren said six tra­di­tional owner groups from Cairns to Cape York had been suc­cess­ful in their grant ap­pli­ca­tions this year and would re­ceive grants of $30,000 to $55,000.

The grants are pro­vided un­der the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Car­ing for our Coun­try Reef Res­cue Land and Sea Coun­try In­dige­nous Part­ner­ships Pro­gram.

Re­cip­i­ents of this year’s grants will com­plete their projects dur­ing the next 12 months.

This is the sec­ond round of the Sea Coun­try Part­ner­ships Grants Pro­gram, fol­low­ing last year’s suc­cess­ful pro­gram.

The grants are part of a broader Sea Coun­try Part­ner­ships Pro­gram run by GBRMPA.

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