|Title||Laura-Normanby Catchment Management Strategy|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Howley, CM, Stephan, K|
|Institution||Howley Environmental Consultants|
The Catchment of the Laura and Normanby Rivers covers approximately 1,517,300 hectares or 586,080 km2, spanning the central base of Cape York Peninsula. The Laura-Normanby Catchment area covers a vast and relatively undeveloped area encompassing extensive riverine and wetland systems, one of Queenland’s largest conservation areas (Lakefield National Park), numerous sacred aboriginal sites, good cattle country, and productive agricultural lands. The Laura-Normanby Catchment Management Strategy was initiated by the Laura-Normanby Catchment Management Group in 2002 utilising funding from the Department of the Environment, Natural Heritage Trust (NHT1). This Strategy documents the knowledge and concerns of the local landholders, resource managers and traditional owners who are most affected by Cape York management decisions. Stakeholder surveys were conducted to identify and prioritise issues and management actions required to address natural resource management in the Catchment. The top priority issues, according to the majority of surveyed stakeholders, are: water quality and quantity, weeds, conservation of biodiversity, grazing impacts and feral animals. Other priority issues identified included fire management, the preservation of Cultural Heritage, management of commercial and recreational fishing and the increasing tourist and recreational use of the Catchment.