Celebrating Australia’s 50th Indigenous Protected Area

Our congratulations go to Mandingalbay Yidinji people. Nearly 10,000 hectares of Queensland’s world renowned Wet Tropics have received a conservation boost with their dedication of the Mandingalbay Yidinji Indigenous Protected Area.

Just east of Cairns, across the Trinity Inlet, Mandingalbay Yidinji straddles the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas. The region includes a great diversity of environments – mangroves, freshwater wetlands, rainforest clad mountains, coastal beaches, reefs and islands.

It’s the first time in Australia’s history an Indigenous Protected Area has been declared over existing World Heritage areas and national parks as well as adding land to the National Reserve System.

It was an amazing celebration in Cairns as you can see from these pictures. Thanks to Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation, Djunbunji Land and Sea Program, Dale and Vincent Mundraby, the Yidi Dancers and everyone involved for making it such a great day.

And thanks especially for the great cake!

Marjorie, Parks Australia

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