2014 highly commended
Category A – incorporated organisations
“The Girringun mob are all about looking after and managing their own country in their own way. We want to empower the next generation of leaders to look after their own country.” – Phil Rist, Girringun CEO
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation cares for over one million hectares of land and sea on behalf of nine Traditional Owner groups in North Queensland. Girringun’s trailblazing success is driven by the Elder’s desire to keep country, people and culture strong. Their work involves a well-established arts centre, ranger program, native plant nursery and Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMBRA) program.
Girringun is widely recognised for its outstanding stewardship of the land and sea rights of its members and its tireless negotiation of Australia’s first co-managed Indigenous Protected Area. They are a well-respected leader in the community and ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate in key decisions affecting their collective future. Girringun’s excellent reputation was recognised when a freehold landowner granted a conservation area to the organisation to be cared for by Traditional Owners.
“While culture and heritage are fundamental to its governance, Girringun has also placed itself effectively in the broader community where it contributes socially, environmentally and economically.” – Marsha Milliken, IGA judge