Successful trip to Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory

Michelle recently undertook field work in the Cobourg Peninsula, the most northerly point of the Northern Territory. The trip involved consulting the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park about the natural and cultural values of the park. Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is an area of remote wilderness surrounded by beautiful coastline and beaches. Rare and threatened species abound there, with turtles, dugong, masked owl, nypa palm and many others to be found. The area has been home to Iwaidja speaking Aboriginal people for more than 40,000 years and is known as the land of ‘three cultures’ due to the influence of Macassan traders and early European settlers in the area. The results of the field trip will be used to develop the Ecological Character Description for the Ramsar wetlands of the Cobourg Peninsula. The work is being undertaken in collaboration with BMT WBM Pty Ltd for the Australian Government Department of Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts.

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