Cultural heritage assessment of Yuggera Ugarapul country

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science has released an RFQ (request for quotation) to undertake a cultural heritage assessment of the eastern and northern parts of Main Range National Park. The assessment is restricted to the country of the Yuggera Ugarapul People (as represented in the Native Title Claim QC2017/005). It will be used to make sure that management of the area protects and represents the First Nations cultural values.


Th assessment will include existing recorded material as well as additional information collected through field work and interviews. The aim is to record the cultural stories relating to the landscape. It will include key places and songlines, geographic features and place names, cultural information and language names about flora and fauna.

Contractors must work in partnership with Yuggera Ugarapul People so that the project scope and outputs are responsive to their wishes.

A report is required that includes images, maps, photographs and written information. Video recordings are also requested of elders telling stories or undertaking cultural practices on country.


The Main Range National Park falls within the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage area (Queensland section). The Gondwana Rainforests is recognised on the World Heritage list due to its importance in the development of Australia’s landscape, plants and animals. The area contains rainforests considered to be remnants to those that once covered the supercontinent of Gondwana. Containing a large diversity of plants and animals, these rainforests are biodiversity hot-spots.


The Yuggera Ugarapul lands are interpreted as the area around the Brisbane River including the territory from Moreton Bay to Toowoomba to the west, nearly to Nanango in the north west, including Brisbane. Due to the impact of European settlement and First Nation displacement these are open to different interpretations.

The contract asks the successful tenderer to develop resources for the Yuggera Ugarapul People to be shared within their families. The resources will also be provided to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and other parties.

The RFQ is due on 4 November 2022 at 17:00 pm Queensland time. Madrigal Communications has worked with several First Nations organisations on tendering.

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