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Djabugay Aboriginal Corporation, Kuranda, Indigenous Knowledge

Barry J Hunter is a descendant from the Djabugay speaking people of Cairns hinterland. He grew up besides the Barron River in the rainforest near Kuranda. Barry experience includes employment in Government conservation agencies, mining and exploration industry, community and not–for-profit NGO’s, and recently as a consultant working around Aboriginal Land management, Carbon Industry and community economic development. With over 30 years experience in Aboriginal affairs particular in areas of land, natural and cultural resource management. Barry has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Charles Sturt
University and has a keen interest in the work community
rangers do in looking after land, fire management and cultural
heritage. Also having a real passion building community
capacity and planning that deliver sustainable social, cultural and economic outcomes within our communities.
Specific Recent works include
• Lead Author Indigenous Lands for the State of the Environment Report 2021
• Cultural heritage identification and recording working with Indigenous Ranger
Groups. Healthy country planning
• Facilitating consent and FIPC (Free and Informed Prior Consent) contract to
Conservation Management Pty Ltd and Green Collar.
• Sea Country planning with Jajikal Aboriginal Corporation Wujal Wujal.
• Writing the Barron Gorge National Park Bama Plan with Stuart Cowel from
Conservation Management Pty Ltd
• Project Management Djabugay Bulmba Rangers
o Includes developing principles and protocols for engagement with Researchers.
Fire management plan and implementation.


  • –present
    Djabugay Aboriginal Corporation, Kuranda, Indigenous Knowledge