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PODCAST SERIES MY CAPE YORK LIFE AVAILABLE NOW – GREAT STORIES FROM FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

mcylWe’ve reached the half-way point of series one in the wonderful Cape York NRM podcast My Cape York Life – with plenty of good stories told and many more to come.

The stories are entertaining, inspiring, and often hilarious. You’ll hear about epic wet season adventures, close encounters with crocodiles, the Cape’s first attempt at helicopter cattle mustering, and the joys and challenges of living in remote and isolated places.

Last year, my friends at Cape York Natural Resource Management and South Cape York Catchments decided to give the region’s land managers a place to tell and share their own remarkable stories. And My Cape York Life was born. Lyndal Scobell travelled the Cape, recording the stories. I was invited to do the editing and audio production – and I’ve loved every minute of it.

Episode 4 came out yesterday – we meet Louise Stone at the height of turtle nesting season near Mapoon on western Cape York. Louise was co-ordinator of the Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers, who work to protect vulnerable and endangered turtles and their nesting sites along the beautiful Gulf of Carpentaria coast.

In episode 3, we met Mikayla Down and Wilfred Peter, traditional owners of Lama Lama Country, on the northern coast of Princess Charlotte Bay. Mikayla and Wilfred work with Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation’s Lama Lama Rangers, caring for and managing traditional land and sea country from Silver Plains in the north to Marina Plains in the south.

In our first two episodes, we sat by the Wenlock River, on the north-west Cape, listening to Shelley Lyon tell stories of her 40 adventurous years on Cape York. Shelley has extensive conservation experience from decades working in the Cape’s national parks and private conservation properties with husband Barry. You can click to hear episode 1 and episode 2.

Still to come in this series of My Cape York Life, the ups and downs of raising cattle on the Cape, the joys and challenges of leading a small Cape York indigenous community, how an ecologist from London made her home on a farm near Cooktown, and we meet a cattle farmer and entirely self-taught award-winning plant and wildlife expert at Shipton’s Flat.

My Cape York Life is brought to you by Cape York NRM, with support from South Cape York Catchments, and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Hann River roadhouse

Hann River roadhouse

 

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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Aboriginal, Cape York Peninsula, community, EFFINCUE, environment, far north Queensland, indigenous, People

 

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MEET THE LAURA RANGERS – CARING FOR COUNTRY ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA FNQ

ABC CY 2013 011There are many challenges for Australia’s remote indigenous communities – and one of the biggest is creating real and meaningful employment. Without it, people can’t make a living, they get caught in a downward spiral of welfare dependence, and younger people drift away to larger urban centres where their future is not always going to be brighter.

In north and western Queensland, a relatively new program has been showing very promising results. Local traditional owners are employed by local Aboriginal organisations as indigenous rangers, looking after country. They do important work, looking after indigenous land, national parks and sea country.

The indigenous rangers use their culturally informed understanding of country to monitor and preserve environments, often working with scientists to study wildlife and fauna, and deal with invasive plant and weed pest species.

So far the Queensland Government funds 53 indigenous rangers in the north and west of the state. Five of them work for the Laura Rangers, in a town with a regular population of about 100. Over the past few weeks, the population swelled to many times that, as crowds came to town for the Laura races and rodeo, and the Laura Dance Festival. LISTEN Click on the red arrow to meet the Laura Rangers and hear about the country they care for at Laura FNQ

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 My thanks to Sue Marsh at the Laura Rangers and Lyndal Scobell at Cape York N-R-M for their help in preparing that report.

 

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Aboriginal, Cape York Peninsula, EFFINCUE, environment, indigenous, Radio Feed

 

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