Archive for the ‘Kaba Gada – Blue Hole’ Category
Kaba Gada (EN:C53) is a registered Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Site at the epicentre of the most biologically important locality within the entire Wet Tropics Word Heritage Area. It is suffering chronic degradation that has continued, without remediation, for more than eighteen years; since first officially being reported. Daintree Rainforest (trading as Cooper Creek Wilderness) occupies the majority tenure within the area of degradation.
Last week Cooper Creek Wilderness reported the completion of the Cooper Creek Causeway and the resultant restoration of waterflow. This highly satisfactory (partial) completion gives us confidence that Cairns Regional Council will soon finalise a management plan for Kaba Gada that will work. Such was the assurance given to Cooper Creek Wilderness in a deputation to Cairns Regional Council last month.
KABA GADA – THE BLUE HOLE
It is World Heritage, the highest order of protection that Australia can give. It is listed as a Cultural Heritage site. Queensland’s Iconic Places legislation protects “The Blue Hole” in Cooper Creek.
According to Mike Rowland of the Cultural Heritage Coordination Unit, DNR&W (Department of Natural Resources and Water), The Blue Hole is listed on the Aboriginal database as EN:C53. The site is already given full protection under the Act (Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003).
Hon Craig Wallace, Minister for Natural Resources and Water met with traditional owners and Cooper Creek Wilderness on Thursday 30 November 2008, when Queensland Government came to Cairns.
Mr Wallace has promised that the Kaba Gada Reserve will be protected as an Environmental and Cultural Reserve. It will not be a “recreational reserve.”
The onslaught on the integrity of the “Blue Hole” continued over the weekend. A local resident was distressed to find a number of men, all fully decked out in scuba gear, removing live fish by the bucketload.
The poachers came in 2 cars and he was able to get their registration numbers. The information was reported to authorities. Once again the official buck-passing began. Who is responsible for the management and protection of the most sacred place in the Daintree Rainforest?