The Bunya Mountains, located along the Western Boundary of the Burnett Mary region, hold immense cultural and environmental significance to Traditional Owner groups. The mountains are home to a unique assemblage of plants, animals and ecosystems including more than 30 rare and threatened species. The mountains are also one of the few places in south east Queensland where there is evidence of an indigenous fire-managed cultural landscape.
For many thousands of years, Aboriginal people from across the region gathered every three years on the mountains for the Bonye Bonye festival. This important festival was a celebration of the bountiful harvest of the Bunya Pines that abound on the mountain and was a time of feasting, ceremony, dispute settlement, marriage and trade.
The Bunya Mountain Murri Rangers program employs four full time Rangers and one coordinator to maintain areas of traditional importance on the mountain. The team helps conserve and protect the area’s natural and cultural resources. Ranger duties include general wildlife management, cultural site management and management of the threatened grassland bald ecosystems which developed as a direct result of traditional burning practices. The Rangers also engage Indigenous communities and youth about the cultural heritage and traditional connections to Country on the Bunya Mountains.
The success of the Bunya Mountains Murri Ranger is due to the ongoing collaboration between BMRG, the Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Western Downs Regional Council and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Manager, Indigenous and Coastal Program
P: 07 4181 2999
M: 0401 246 113