The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). © Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA) by A. Denzin

Virtual Ocean Talk: NAIDOC Week - Connected to Sea Country

Join us for this virtual webinar discussion from the comfort of your own home.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent Virtual Ocean Talk. If you'd like to rewatch the talk, or if you were unable to make it on the night, here's a recorded version for you to enjoy.


Mixing traditional knowledge with western science knowledge to care for Sea Country.

During NAIDOC 2020, the Australian National Maritime Museum celebrates the connection between Traditional Owners and Sea Country drawing on this year’s theme 'Always Was, Always Will Be'.

This talk will explore the benefits of engaging with the more than 70 Traditional Owner groups who hold knowledge over the vast Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority management area. The deep knowledge of sea country that Traditional Owners bring is vital to understanding, managing and protecting the future of the reef. 

Traditional Owners and The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) work together to protect cultural and heritage values, conserve biodiversity and enhance the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. Traditional Owners hold cultural authority over Sea Country as legally defined within federal law and Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements (TUMRA).

The Capacity Building of Indigenous Ranger Strategy is a nationally-accredited training course delivered by the Authority. It provides Indigenous rangers with the skills to ensure Marine Park users comply with the rules, while also providing opportunity to promote traditional lore systems and protect traditional estates within the iconic Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.


Rangers share valuable local knowledge and cultural insights to enhance government compliance, management and education programs for the future of the Reef.

Main image: © Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA) by A. Denzin



Gavin Singleton

Gavin Singleton is the Project Manager for the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation. He currently manages the Yirrganydji Land and Sea Ranger Program, which operates in the Cairns and Port Douglas region in North Queensland. 

Gavin has family connections to Yirrganydji/Djabugay people (Cairns to Port Douglas region), Umpila people (Newbit River, Cape York), and Kalkadoon (Central Queensland).

Gavin has attended, presented and performed at various events across the globe including the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland (2018), United Nations Oceans Conference in New York (2017), IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia (2014), and the COP-11 Convention on Biological Diversity in India (2012).

In 2018, Gavin received a Community Champions Cassowary Award from the Wet Tropics Management Authority and selected as a speaker for TEDx JCU Cairns. As a graduate from Curtin University with Honours in Applied Science, he is a passionate cultural, environmental, and community development practitioner.

Peta Ross

Peta Ross is a proud Juru Traditional Owner whose traditional estate is from the Burdekin River to Bowen. She has traditional connections to Kaanju/Umpila (Lockhart River area), and Ngaro and Gia (Whitsundays area). Peta is now responsible for the Indigenous Compliance Team at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and all legislative compliance components of Traditional Use activities in the Marine Park. This work includes reporting on compliance matters that are of significance to Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef and sharing technical and leadership skills in Reef management.

Peta is a former detective with the Queensland Police Service and has 25 year’s experience in legislative compliance.

Emily Jateff Your host: 
Emily Jateff - Curator of Ocean Science and Technology at the Australian National Maritime Museum.





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