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Memorandum of Understanding between the Angumothimaree Paynaranama People and the Queensland Government

Category: Agreement
Date: First signed October 2004; re-signed August 2007.
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Location:Northwest Cape York, Queensland, Australia
The Pine River system is an estuary that runs into Albatross Bay near Weipa, Queensland (EPA Bulletin 2004).
Alternative Names:
  • Community Conservation Agreement between the Angumothimaree Paynaranama Community and the Queensland Government
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Angumathimaree Paynerenhnama People and the Queensland Government
  • Subject Matter:Access | Collaboration / Partnership | Cultural Heritage | Land Use | Marine
    Summary Information:
    The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Angumothimaree Paynaranama (Pine River) People, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) provides for a turtle and dugong management plan for the Pine River system of the north-western Cape York region (NNTT 2006). Mervyn Wales, spokesman for the Angumothimaree Paynaranama traditional owners, noted that it 'is the first plan of its kind to be introduced in Queensland' (NNTT 2006).

    The MoU (at its first signing) was the product of two years of negotiaton and was designed to serve as a template for communities interested in negotiating a similar deal (SBS 2004; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Online 2004).

    Detailed Information:
    The Turtle and Dugong Management Plan provides for seasonal and permit restriction for turtle and dugong hunting within the Pine River management area. Hunters within the area are required to obtain permission from the traditional owners and comply with a permit process (EPA Bulletin 2004). Permits will only be granted for cultural reasons, and only during November to March for one male turtle or one male dugong per vessel during daylight hours (NNTT 2006).

    The Management Plan also implements a public education program and guidelines for permit holder's vessels with respect to the proper display of flags and hunting authority (NNTT 2006).
    Outcomes:
    The MoU was re-signed on approximately 1 August 2007 (Queensland Government Ministerial Media Release 2007). The renewed agreement allows the Angumathimaree Thanaquith Aboriginal Corporation to issue Traditional Owners with hunting permits to take a maximum five turtles and five dugongs a year for customary purposes. Persons not recognised as Traditional Owners found hunting turtle or dugong may be charged under the Nature Conservations Act 1992 (Qld).

    Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service - Signatory
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) - Signatory
  • Angumathimaree Thanaquith Aboriginal Corporation
  • People
  • Angumothimaree Paynaranama People - Signatory

  • References

    General Reference
    SBS World News Australia (24 December 2004) Fishing Interests Recognised
    National Native Title Tribunal (February 2006) Tribunal media presentation: Qld Dugong hunting agreement
    National Native Title Tribunal (November 2004) Memorandum of Understanding signed to protect dugong and turtle stocks in the Cape York region, in the Indigenous Fishing Bulletin
    Media Release
    Queensland Government Ministerial Media Statements (1 August 2007) QPWS and Traditional Owners Re-sign Hunting Agreement
    Resource
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Online - Message Stick (23 December 2004) Dugong, turtle hunting restricted under new agreement
    Environmental Protection Agency (Qld) (2005) Marine wildlife stranding and mortality database annual report 2005
    Environmental Protection Agency (Qld) (21 December 2004) EPA Bulletin: Issue 6

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