Quandamooka awarded Indigenous Land Management Award

Quandamooka awarded Indigenous Land Management Award

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Quandamooka have taken out a state wide award in recognition for their leading land management practices on North Stradbroke Island.
Quandamooka received the Indigenous Land Management Award at the 2013 Queensland Landcare Awards last week, which included recognition for their work to restore a culturally significant freshwater spring known as Myora Springs (also known as Capembah Creek) on Stradbroke Island.

Adjoining some of the last stands of coastal rainforest as well as mangrove communities, and home to the threatened Water Mouse and the endangered Swamp Orchid, restoration works have helped control erosion from this frequently visited site and include a walkway and viewing platform to minimise further impacts. 

Educational products were also developed to raise community awareness of the values and significance of the site and recording were made by the Quandamooka elders of the associated histories and traditional stories of Capembah.

Darren Burns from the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation emphasises the importance of building relationships in building the award.

“The longstanding grass roots collaborations between the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Council have been the key to ensuring the Quandamooka elders, youth and the North Stradbroke Island community as a whole have been brought along with the Myora project and lead the way in cross agency relationships on North Stradbroke Island,” said Darren.

“The landcare award is valued highly by Quandamooka in appreciation of the high standard of work both Landcare Australia and Quandamooka both strive towards.”

Training and mentoring Quandamooka youth to ensure longevity of projects such as Myora has seen 11 Indigenous trainees receive a certificate II in conservation and land management on Stradbroke and Moreton Island.

Quandmooka have also previously been involved with the oil spill clean-up back in 2009 and since then other works have included weed control, working together with schools and universities, and more recently the signing and implementation of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement.

The award was accepted by CEO of SEQ Catchments, Simon Warner, on behalf of the Quandamooka people.  

“Quandamooka's support has been invaluable for many of SEQ Catchments projects throughout Moreton Bay and the Islands to help ensure healthy waterways and coastlines,” Simon said.

“This is the second award that they have received this year for their work and should be applauded for this great achievement.”

The works at Myora were led via a partnership with SEQ Catchments, funded by the Australian Government Caring for our Country Program.

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