ECONOMIC:

Economic independence, real jobs and breaking welfare dependency are our highest priorities.

As most of our estate lies within western conservation systems, such as National Parks we must maximise our natural resource management activities and enable private enterprise to diversify our land management income.

We are currently exploring opportunities around contracted service provision, ecosystem services, private sector donations and support and eco-tourism.

We have also gained some areas of Aboriginal freehold and general freehold where we can explore options around small scale agriculture and tourism.

Our major focus on tourism is to provide well-managed visitor infrastructure, such as campsites and walking tracks.

CULTURE:

As with all Aboriginal Australian groups the Yuku Baja Muliku people retain an evolving rich and ancient culture.

This knowledge helps design and prioritise our land management techniques and programmes, as well as our broader aspirations.

We have started a cultural heritage program where anything of cultural significance, such as story places, sacred sites, scar trees and shell middens are photographed, recorded and entered into a database.

We also host cultural camps where all of our families come together on country to pass on and share cultural knowledge and information.

Our cultural knowledge includes an extensive understanding of the many food, medicinal, and resource uses of our plants and animals. Our culture advises and steers us in our relationships between family members, our people, and neighbouring clans.

YBM Rangers showing youth how to make spears using natural resources.
Bush Food