Woppaburra were the first TUMRA group to develop specific heritage assessment guidelines (Woppaburra Traditional Owner Heritage Assessment Guidelines).
These inform marine scientists considering research within the TUMRA area about Woppaburra heritage values, guides them in engagement and consultation with Woppaburra, and ensures GBRMPA takes heritage values and the consultation outcomes into account when assessing permit applications.
Over a three-year period, this process has facilitated development of a sound and respectful relationship between the Woppaburra TUMRA Steering Committee and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), culminating in the development of an impactful partnership.
Following the principles of co-design and two-way learning, the partnership has already achieved significant and at times unexpected outcomes; including the evolution of contemporary culture.
A newly developed Woppaburra dance tells the scientific story of coral dispersal, adaptation and resilience, in parallel to the story of the dispersal, resilience and survival of the Woppaburra people since 1902.
A newly developed Woppaburra dance tells the scientific story of coral dispersal
AIMS and Woppaburra have now embarked on a multi-year research program to understand the drivers of coral survival and growth in the region. The program includes accredited training, employment, and capacity building opportunities for Traditional Owners, as well as integrating traditional knowledge with modern science for management outcomes.
A major milestone for the Woppaburra’s re-connection to sea-country, was developing a Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) covering 561 km2, accredited in 2007 by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Queensland government.
In 2017 Woppaburra Traditional Owners celebrated 10 Years of TUMRA by inviting over 40 Woppaburra people back on country to celebrate the milestone.
Celebrating 10 years of the Woppaburra TUMRA
Woppaburra’s 3rd TUMRA agreement includes arrangements for exchanging knowledge with scientists, managing activities including traditional hunting, and undertaking marine monitoring and compliance training.