Our Mission: To provide sustainable outcomes for the enhancement of social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and economic well-being for the benefit of Aboriginal people of the Girringun region through strong leadership, direction and strategic partnerships
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) is a Traditional Owner owned, managed and governed community organisation servicing nine tribal groups – the Bandjin, Djiru, Girramay, Gugu Badhun, Gulnay, Jirrbal, Nywaigi, Warrgamay and Warrungnu.
GAC was established by senior Elders in 1996 to negotiate a name change for a National Park within the region. Since that time, GAC has grown and developed to be one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal Traditional Owner controlled, owned and operated land and sea management organisations in Australia. Girringun prides itself on successfully initiating and pursuing precedent-setting outcomes for its member groups and the broader North Queensland community.
GAC is the major employer in the small seaside locality of Cardwell, situated two hours north of Townsville and two hours south of Cairns. GAC’s programs include:
- Art Centre and Keeping Place Museum
- Girringun Aboriginal Ranger program
- Biodiversity & Nursery program
- Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA) program
- Girringun Indigenous Protected Area program
GAC’s membership consists of over 600 adult Traditional Owners from the nine tribal groups.
GAC’s Board consists of nine members—one representing each Traditional Owner group.
Girringun partnership with Rainforest Rescue
GAC works with many local, regional and national partners. GAC has recently entered into a new partnership with Rainforest Rescue. We are very excited to be part of the Save the Cassowary campaign. As traditional custodians of Cassowaries and their rainforest habitats, we welcome this opportunity to promote our cultural connection to these significant animals. We look forward to working with Rainforest Rescue to raise awareness and support Cassowary conservation efforts on Girringun country.
Girringun Aboriginal Corporation
235 Victoria Street, CARDWELL, QLD 4849
PO Box 303, CARDWELL QLD 4849
Tel: 61 7 4066 8300
Girringun website: http://girringun.com.au/