WELCOME

Welcome to the Yuku Baja Muliku (Archer Point) website. The Yuku Baja Muliku people are the Traditional Custodians of Archer Point, which is located 20km South of Cooktown, North Queensland. Our traditional lands border two of Australia’s world heritage areas – the Wet Tropical Rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. Our vision and gift to Australia is to manage Yuku Baja Muliku sustainably, to ensure that its rich biodiversity and cultural integrity remain for the current and future generations of all people. We are currently establishing walking tracks and camp sites so our home can be shared sustainably with all.

After many decades of neglect and land speculation Yuku Baja Muliku has recently been returned to our people. We believe that it is our responsibility to ensure sustainable and comprehensive management of this significant region, while also allowing our people the opportunity to strive towards economic independence.

Our country covers 22,500 hectares and the region is rich in cultural sites which are entwined with fringing coral reefs, beaches, rainforests, woodlands, mangroves, saltpans, and sea grass beds. The rich biodiversity of the region includes turtles, dugongs, Bennett’s tree kangaroos and striped possums. The region includes some of the most pristine fringing coral reefs in the tropics and is the convergence zone between the healthy and stable turtle and dugong populations of Cape York and the declining populations to our south.

WHAT WE DO

Our sister organisations, Yuku Baja Muliku Landowner and Reserves Ltd and Yuku Baja Muliku Land Trust, represent the interests of our 200 clan members and our bubu (land). We are striving towards sustainability, real jobs, strong culture and effective land and sea management. Regaining our land and establishing our ranger program has created the foundation to achieve our vision. We welcome interest and support for our activities.

CURRENT PROJECTS

TURTLE REHABILITATION

Cape York has a large stable turtle population, however, to the south of Archer Point the population declines due to industrialisation and erosion.

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FIRE MANAGEMENT

Yuku Muliku Rangers are involved in controlled burning of fire tolerant vegetation, using traditional fire burning techniques.

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SEAGRASS MONITORING

Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers have been monitoring sea grass beds at Archer Point since 2008 and have noticed a dramatic change in sea grass quality.

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PEST AND WEED CONTROL

Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers work with a number of community groups to further their knowledge and management of pests and weeds.

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PEST AND WEED CONTROL

Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers are working with a number of community groups to further their knowledge and management of pests and weeds.

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CULTURAL MANAGEMENT

The Yuku Baja Muliku Cultural Heritage team have been working with the rangers to record anything of cultural significance.

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OUR VISION

Yuku Baja Muliku is guided by the motto "Our land, Our people, Our future"

We respect the land and sea that defines our community and enriches our quality of life.

We value our families, our people and our community, we respect our Elders. We are strong families with pride and confidence in who we are. We are proud of our culture and our traditions. We stand together on country as one.

We are dedicated to promoting empowerment of people, protection of the environment and respect of cultural diversity.

We provide opportunities for community involvement and provide protection of our cultural sites so that younger generations can benefit from the conservation of the area and maintenance of our culture for many more years to come.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To provide a professional service to Traditional Owners in caring for country in accordance with our culture, laws, customs and best practice;
  • To create job opportunities;
  • To establish business opportunities and provide support to Traditional Owners in establishing private enterprise;
  • To enhance, promote and develop our business;
  • To provide opportunities for community involvement and promoting empowerment of people; and
  • To work professionally with other organisations and government agencies to achieve positive outcomes for the corporation in Land and Sea Management, and business enterprise.
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