The Gangalidda People of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria are celebrating today following recognition of part of their traditional country, Tarrant Station, as a site within the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Network.  The Partnership promotes cooperation across the Flyway’s 22 countries with a voluntary non-binding arrangement with over 120 sites from New Zealand, through Australia and onto Russia and Alaska.

The EAAF Partnership evolved after concerns were raised about the decline in suitable habitat for many species of birds along their annual migratory route of over 20,000km.  Gangalidda People, together with many Indigenous people from along the flyway, have become concerned with declining numbers of birds in recent years and took the important step of nominating their country in a hope of highlighting the plight of over 20 migratory species that regularly visit the lower Gulf.

The Tarrant site is a critical stopover for at least three threatened species of migratory birds:  Far Eastern Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper – both listed as endangered under the EPBC Act; and Great Knot – recognised globally as a vulnerable species; but also supports a further 16 migratory species that have been observed on the site.

The Gangalidda People will work towards continuing to raise the profile of Tarrant Station and its importance to migratory birds by collecting additional data with a view to expanding the site and to work towards the eventual listing of the area as a RAMSAR site.  It is also hoped that the site will become a draw card for tourists visiting the region.

Today’s presentation of the Flyway Certificate to Traditional Owner and Gangalidda and Garawa Senior Head Ranger, Terrence Taylor marks the second such site to be included in the Partnership in the lower Gulf of Carpentaria, the first being Delta Downs Station (north of Karumba) on the traditional country of the Kurtijar People. 

Both the Tarrant and Delta nominations were assisted by Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Jaensch Ornithology and Conservation, and the Queensland Waders Study Group.  The Gangalidda People would like to take the opportunity to thank their partners for their continuing support in protecting the outstanding environmental and cultural values of their country.

For more information and media comment from the CLCAC call Terrance Taylor, Gangalidda and Garawa, Senior Head Ranger, on (07) 4041 3833.


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26 Oct 2016
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Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 30 Year Anniversary Celebrations.

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CLCAC hosted the region's first Indigenous Economic Development Summit in Burketown (March 2014). The Summit was called by Traditional Owners, key industry and business leaders and government officials. Key topics included tourism and small business opportunities.
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The Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Burketown Shire Council Hall on 16 October 2013.

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