Sea country grant
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.