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Lama Lama Traditional Use Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA)

Category: Agreement
Date: 1 August 2013
Sub Category:Traditional Use Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA)
Place:Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
The agreement covers the area from Port Stewart, 60 km east of Coen in Princess Charlotte Bay of Cape York Peninsula, to the Normanby River in the south. The area covers approx 2323 square km of sea country.
Legal Status: This TUMRA has been accredited by the Marine Park Authority in line with criteria in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Cth) (Reg. 10).
Alternative Names:
  • Lama Lama TUMRA
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Fishing | Marine | Recognition of Native Title or Traditional Ownership | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests
    URL: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/our-partners/traditional-owners/traditional-use-of-marine-resources-agreements
    Summary Information:

    The Lama Lama Traditional Use Marine Resources Agreement (Lama Lama TUMRA) is an agreement made under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act).

    The Lama Lama TUMRA was made between:

    • the Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation;
    • the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA); and
    • the Queensland Government.

    A TUMRA is 'an agreement, developed in accordance with the [Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Cth)], by a traditional owner group, for the traditional use of marine resources in a site or area of the Marine Park' (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003).

    Each TUMRA has a committee to manage the agreement and related activities.

    The Lama Lama TUMRA has a standing committee, chaired by Lama Lama Traditional Owners, that manages the TUMRA and related activities.

    Purpose of the Lama Lama TUMRA

    The Lama Lama TUMRA aims to support compliance activities, research, education and a Junior Rangers Program. The GBRMPA management staff supplies training to Traditional Owners and rangers to minimize illegal use of marine resources.

    By protecting against threats such as coastal development, habitat and species degradation, sedimentation, pollution and tourism, the Lama Lama Traditional Owners hope to promote sustainability of resources within the reef.

    The TUMRA aims to protect the natural qualities of the Great Barrier Reef while providing traditional owners the opportunity to develop their skills to manage their country. This is achieved through sea country partnerships and cooperative management arrangements, between agencies and Traditional Owner Groups on a wide range of issues.

    The Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation

    The Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation acts as an agent for the Lama Lama Traditional Owners to perform functions specified under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) in relation to native title, cultural heritage, and land and sea interests. 

    Detailed Information:

    Background to the TUMRA framework

    For Traditional Owners, the spiritual relationship with country has been likened to that with a member of the family: to be loved, nurtured, cared for and above all, respected (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 2007, 3).

    The Indigenous Land and Sea Country Partnerships Program is a $20 million investment in Traditional Owner management of the Great Barrier Reef. The program was created to provide resources and funds for the development and implementation of TUMRAs, such as the Lama Lama TUMRA.

    Under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003 a new framework was established to segregate different areas or 'zones' of sea country so they can be utilised for specific purposes. The new framework complements existing community-based measures developed by Traditional Owner Groups to protect marine life while ensuring entitlements enshrined in the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) are recognised. The new framework replaces old zoning plans and gives more power to Traditional Owners in managing the reef's resources (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 2007, 5).

    Under the previous approach, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the agreement area were required to apply for permits to undertake traditional activities such as fishing, collecting and hunting in the Marine Park (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 2007, 6). In negotiating the Lama Lama TUMRA, Traditional Owners advised they wanted to develop and manage their own community-based plans for preservation of the reef.

    Details of the Lama Lama TUMRA

    Under the TUMRA, the Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation and the Queensland Government coordinate a Ranger Program, the Lama Lama National Park, and the Marpa Islands National Park.

    The Lama Lama TUMRA provides for the management of sea country, the creation of employment, skill development, and economic development opportunities for Aboriginal people in the region (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreements Summary).

    The Lama Lama Traditional Owners and the GBRMPA are working together to integrate modern marine management and traditional knowledge to ensure the sustainability of the environment and preserve traditional customs and connection to sea country.

    The Lama Lama people undertake and coordinate conservation and land management activities, including (Queensland Government, Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program):

    • biodiversity and water quality assessment;
    • fire management;
    • baseline flora and fauna sampling;
    • weed and feral animal control;
    • visitor management;
    • frog and marine species surveys; and
    • cultural recording practices (Queensland Government, Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program).

    Under the Lama Lama Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program, a small specialised ranger team works on sea country and coastal estuaries, to:

    • support the delivery of TUMRA initiatives and joint management programs;
    • deliver community-based programs and forums for progressing sea country management and protect cultural sites;
    • perform compliance activities and visitor management, in collaboration with external agencies;
    • undertake joint patrols of coastal and marine environments; and
    • undertake monitoring and research of mangroves, seagrass, coral reef ecosystems, turtles, sawfish and dolphins.

    Lama Lama TUMRA area

    The agreement area is divided into eight zones, each designed to obtain and preserve a different goal: (a) the General Use Zone; (b) the Habitat Protection Zone; (c) the Conservation Park Zone; (d) the Buffer Zone; (e) the Scientific Research Zone; (f) the Marine National Park Zone; (g) the Preservation Zone; (h) the Commonwealth Islands Zone.


    Related Entries

    Agreement
  • Lama Lama Indigenous Management Agreement
  • Organisation
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Signatory
  • State of Queensland - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • Yintjingga Land Trust - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 (Cth)
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Cth)
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • People
  • Lamalama People
  • Place
  • Lama Lama National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land)

  • References

    Media Release
    Department of the Environment and Heritage Working Together to Improve Indigenous Land Management
    Report
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (2007) A Reef Wide Framework for Managing Traditional Use of Marine Resources in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (2003) Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003
    Resource
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage Committee (1972) Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
    The Queensland Government (2012) Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program
    Resource Section
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (2020) Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreement Summary

    Glossary

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Australia) | Aboriginal Corporation (Australia) | Framework Agreement | Local Government | Native Title (Australia) | Traditional Use Marine Resource Agreements | Indigenous Partnership | Indigenous Protected Area (Australia)

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