About the Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers
The Yuku Baja Mulika Ranger Program began in 2008 with two part time rangers living under a tarp at Archer Point, cooking on an open fire, with little equipment and resources, except a second hand hilux. We now have 14 employees and we are currently in the process of building a new Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre at Archer Point. The Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers are constantly busy building capabilities; inspiring others to return to country; building aspirations; and developing programs to ensure a strong program for future generations. The ranger program represents our homelands movement and our dream to return to our country. The ranger program provides real jobs, skill development, confidence building and instills a sense of pride. By focusing on land management we can start to diversify our income away from government transfers, and towards: contracting services with National Parks, Council and other neighbouring land-holding bodies; the development of ecosystem services; and developing tourism opportunities and infrastructure, such as campsites. The aim of the Yuku Baja Muliku people is to ensure that Traditional Owners have the means to protect themselves, future generations and their culture through active, positive and physical connections to country and continuing access to traditional foods. The aspirations of the rangers are to:
- Care for land and sea country through marine protection and conservation strategies;
- Conduct further on ground research and monitoring;
- Undertake training in sea management, with a focus on turtle rescue and sea grass conservation;
- Gain accreditation to carry out compliance checks on hunters on Sea Country;
- Conserve and preserve all of the cultural values handed down through generations;
- Protect our rights as Traditional Owners to maintain a strong healthy link to the traditional use of marine resources;
- Educate people about turtle habitats and raise awareness through community education; and
- Continue rescuing, rehabilitating and monitoring turtles.
The Yuku Baja Muliku people want to protect all the important sites and places of significance that are part of the culturally rich region, these sites include:
- Story places (single and inter-connected);
- Secret or sacred sites;
- Fish traps;
- Rock shelter sites;
- Rocky Island;
- Fish spawning and breeding habitats;
- Ceremonial sites; and
- Camp sites.
The Yuku Baja Muliku people feel that no one else could ever possess the passion to protect the area as much as the Traditional Custodians of the land and sea, therefore, we continue to strive for respect from others. Thus, any activities carried out in the area should firstly be discussed with the Yuku Baja Muliku people or reported to us if there are any issues regarding the area.