The discovery is one of only three known quoll populations left on Cape York Peninsula, with another population discovered just 20 kilometres outside Weipa on the Napranum Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) land that neighbours the mining lease. The Napranum DOGIT is governed by the Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council.
So the Rio Tinto team reached out to the Nanum Wungthim Land and Sea Rangers for an opportunity to work together to learn more about the northern quoll populations in the area.
The rangers care for the Napranum DOGIT land on behalf of the shire council, undertaking regular patrols throughout the area, recording and monitoring information about the country.
Together Rio Tinto people, ecologists and the rangers completed quoll surveys on the mining lease, Napranum DOGIT land and neighbouring properties.
Chris said the collaborative partnership started around 18 months ago, and is expected to be ongoing.
“At the end of the day, we’re all trying to do the same thing – protect species like the quoll,” he said.
“So we need to work with our neighbours to develop a collaborative strategy to help manage the northern quoll population.”
The Weipa team and rangers will undertake additional surveys over the next 12 months to expand our knowledge on northern quolls.