The Laura Land and Sea Rangers are comprised of 6 Traditional owners and a Coordinator who live in the local community. The team undertake management of natural and cultural resources on their Country. Natural resource management work includes water monitoring (water flow rates, sediment, nutrient & chemical loads), fire management, weed control, sawfish research, biosecurity monitoring and biodiversity monitoring. They are currently involved in monitoring 30 sites to establish the long-term influence of fire patterns on biodiversity. In addition, they help with community projects as requested by the Elders in the vicinity of Laura.
Cultural heritage work involves systematically documenting the National heritage listed Quinkan cultural sites and lodging the records with the DATSIMA Cultural Heritage Unit. The majority of the estimated 10,000 Quinkan art sites have never been recorded. This work is a priority for the team as natural attrition will eventually destroy these sites and, if no attempt is made to document them, they will be lost entirely. These recordings will also provide a baseline for future assessment of site condition and the development of management plans.
In conjunction with site recording, the Rangers undertake cultural site management and conservation work that is within their training and capacity. This includes installation of signage, construction of animal exclusion fencing, vegetation removal, hazard reduction burns, and the positioning of dust suppression matting is undertaken as and where required. The Rangers also facilitate regular on country Traditional knowledge excursions with the Laura School and local community.
For over 10 years the Rangers work has provided great value to the community they serve and the funding bodies supporting them. They have been credited with generating a growing sense of community optimism and solidarity. With strong support from the community, the Ang Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation, and the Queensland government, a Ranger Base has been established to provide a building where databases can be securely held and from which the Ranger group can operate. Continued support of the ranger program is seen as essential for implementation of Elders aspirations for their county.
For further enquiries please contact us via the contact us page.
Laura Ranger Base: 07 40602251