Oriners and Sefton Savanna Burning Project

Oriners and Sefton Savanna Burning Project


  • ACCUs
  • 63,177 ACCU (in total)
  • Private Market and Clean Energy Regulator
  • Queensland
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office, Tropical Forest Tree Pty Ltd, Aboriginal Carbon Fund
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About the Project

The Oriners and Sefton project is a savanna burning project located in the western Cape York Peninsula in the Mitchell River basin. The Kowanyama Rangers started undertaking early season fire management in 2012, refining its approach and its longer term management plan in the following years. The Rangers have been successful in combining their traditional knowledge with modern hi-tech hardware to manage country the right way through traditional patchwork burning.

Greenhouse gases emitted from savanna fires make up 3% of Australia’s total emissions. Savanna burning projects undertaken by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal rangers reduce GHG emissions by undertaking cool, lower intensity fires in the early dry season when the vegetation still contains some moisture from the wet season. This reduces the GHG emitted from high intensity, unmanaged fire in the late dry season when the country is dry.

Project Benefits

Traditional Owners always say managing country is more important than the carbon credits. In addition to the carbon abatement the project is delivering ‘core benefits’ to country:
• Managing country the right way
• Reinvestment in the Oriners outstation towards making it a ranger base including establishment of an office
• Protection of assets including Oriners outstation and story places
• Employment of additional casual rangers during the fire season
• Improving the health of country including increased number of lizards and Golden Shouldered Parrots
• Weed reduction program on the project area, including spraying of rubbervine
• Assisting the rangers to carry out its broader programs such as monitoring the endangered Olive Ridley Turtle.

  • Contact

    Jeremy Dore, Project Adviser, Aboriginal Carbon Fund

  • Telephone

    0400 250 714