Djiru people managing country at Mission Beach
Littoral rainforest and Gunduy (cassowary) on Djiru country at Mission Beach is critically important for Djiru people.
With help from Terrain NRM and funding from the Australian Government’s Habitat Incentives Project the Djiru people are drafting an integrated natural resource management plan for two large blocks of their land.
In September 2011, the Djiru people, past and present, were recognised as the Native Title holders of their traditional lands in the Mission Beach area. This management plan will be used by Djiru people to guide planning and decision making for the endangered cassowary and littoral rainforest found on this land.
Djiru traditional owner Rona Hart says the management of this land will also help Djiru people with the transfer of knowledge and the continued practice and maintenance of indigenous ecological knowledge by older and younger generations of Aboriginal people.