Wanjuru traditional owners are protecting the biodiversity values of the Russell River National Park (RRNP), which also forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, through control of the pest weed trees Pond Apple (Annona glabra) and Harungana (Harungana madagascariensis). The translation of bunda, waray, yurrbing into mountain, river, reef reflects Wanjuru views of caring for country as one wholistic, connected system. Working with landowners, Cairns Regional Council and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Wanjuru will reduce the pest tree infestations to prevent long-term change in the hydrology of the RRNP and, in so doing, protect the outstanding biodiversity values of the World Heritage Area for all.
Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The 'Bunda, Waray, Yurrbing - Mountain, River, Reef' project is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government's Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, through a Traditional Owner Healthy Water Grant.