Standard Presentation (15 mins) Australian Marine Sciences Association 2022

Healthy Water to the Great Barrier Reef – a collaboration between the Wanyurr-Majay Traditional Owners and Mulgrave Russell Regional Water Quality Program. (#75)

Rickard Abom 1 , Clive Murray 2 , Will Higham 3 , Aaron Davis 4 , Joel Tierney 5 , Sheriden Morris 6
  1. C2O consulting and RRRC, West End, QLD, Australia
  2. Wanyurr-Majay Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Babinda, QLD, Australia
  3. Farmacist Pty Ltd, Gordonvale, QLD, Australia
  4. James Cook University TropWater, Townsville, QLD
  5. Canegrowers, Cairns , Gordonvale, QLD
  6. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, QLD

The Wanyurr-Majay Traditional Owners Healthy Waters Program works with cultural landscaping to map and promote spiritual, traditional, ecological and cultural values and knowledge of Wanyurr-Majay waters and places within the Mulgrave Russell catchment in the central section of the Wet Tropics region. The twin rivers divide the catchment with the Mulgrave River to the north and the Russell River in the south with river valleys dominated by sugarcane farms. The Mulgrave Russell Water Quality Program aims to improve the quality of water flowing from the -Mulgrave Russell catchment. The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), Farmacist and JCU TropWater have partnered with Wanyurr-Majay Traditional Owners to support their cultural mapping work with rapid assessment process design, water quality monitoring and fauna surveys at priority sites with photo and video support to map progress over time. In return RRRC, Farmacist and JCU TropWater will have the opportunity to share with Wanyurr-Majay Traditional Owners their cultural dimension and knowledge to our on-ground projects to embrace the bigger picture. In this presentation we will share insights of the early learnings of our partnership and future directions.