Gene Ross - Senior Guide

Laura Rangers

Laura Rangers work on Quinkan country, around the Laura Basin region, at times discovering and recording new unseen rock art galleries

The Laura Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers manage the Agarra Timara Aboriginal freehold land. Additionally, they undertake cultural and environmental conservation activities on five surrounding properties. The total area managed is 202,133 hectares, or approximately 780 square miles. In consultation with community and Elders, the Rangers developed a statement of vision for Country. Entitled Laura River Dreaming, the core elements of this vision include:

The Traditional Owners of the Laura area are proud of their country and culture and enjoy sharing it with people from around Australia and the world. The Rangers look after sites that are open to visitors; maintaining the roads, tracks and boardwalks. We welcome you. 

 The Rangers Role With Rock Art

Ranger Guided tours are available

One of the Rangers’ main projects is the recording and protection of cultural and rock art sites.

The Rangers have received training in managing visitor impacts at cultural sites, and in rock art recording and conservation. For the traditional owners, these sites are the stories of their ancestors, held in trust for children and future generations.

At least once a term the Rangers take Laura State School students out to country, usually to visit a cultural site. They also provide guided tours to visitors from around Australia and the world. These can be booked through the Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre.

The Rangers always ensure the Elders consent to where they are going and what they are doing. Strong community support is the Rangers’ greatest asset.

Whenever requested, the Laura Rangers share knowledge with traditional owners and other ranger groups. Learning from each other helps us all care for our country.

 Most of the estimated 10,000 rock art sites in the Quinkan Reserves have never been documented. The length, depth and height of the gallery are measured, the site and artwork photographed and a GPS location recorded. Site information is lodged with the Queensland Cultural Heritage database.

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