The Queensland Government has released the first management plan for the Daintree National Park, in a bid to ensure ‘cultural knowledge connectedness and understanding’ of the area and its First Nations peoples.
Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson, Desmond Tayley, welcomed the release of the plan.
“This is the first management plan that uses Yalanji places and names to underpin national park planning,” Mr Tayley said.
“We look forward to the plan providing a framework where Yalanji cultural values can be protected now and into the future.
“The plan will help strengthen the joint management of the Daintree National Park with QPWS and manage its natural values using shared resources and knowledge.”
State Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the park was presented as a cultural landscape in the plan, featuring the land and the sea as ‘Kuku Yalanji Bubu and Jalun’.
“The Daintree National Park is one of Queensland’s iconic parks and it is famous around the world for its biological diversity and as the place where the rainforest meets the reef, with the origins of many of its plants dating back millions of years,” she said.