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National Custodians of Country Program is now live!

July 24, 2023

Join us from August 21-25 at Tjapukai Cultural Park in Cairns to celebrate the diversity and richness of First Nations culture and knowledge, and explore how it can contribute to environmental restoration and community resilience.

Explore our vibrant 2023 program.

Our program is led by Traditional Custodians and First Nations people from North Queensland and across Australia. Across four inspiring days, they will share expertise and innovation in contemporary land and sea management, biodiversity, threatened species management and best practice agriculture.

“The Gathering aims to bring greater awareness and opportunity to broader Australia of the contribution of Indigenous knowledge,”

Barry Hunter, Chairperson of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation and Djabugay man 


See you on Djabugay Country in August!

“People will learn firsthand how Traditional ecological knowledge and governance can contribute solutions to today’s social and environmental concerns. The Gathering promises to be an inspiring opportunity for people to come together to share knowledge and Culture.”

Barry Hunter
Chairperson of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation and Djabugay man






Djabugay Country | Richard Bing Credit: Annette Ruzicka

Facilitator Oral McGuire: Whadjuk/Ballardong Nyungar man and Principle Consultant of Gundi Consulting
Aunty Kay Blades: Mandandanji Traditional Owner – South West Queensland
Sylvia Leighton: Australian Government Landcare Farming Award Winner 2022
Trinity Georgetown: Lama Lama and NQ Dry Tropics NRM Cultural Fire Facilitator
Karen Vidler: Partnerships Coordinator NQ Dry Tropics
Richard Hoolihan: Gugu Bahden
Elliot and Ash Smith: farmers at Jervoise station

Produced by Nviro Media.