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Indigenous women and mining employment

Are you a First Nations female with experience working at mines in the NT? We want to hear your story.

Jodi Cowdery, an Indigenous female researcher from Northern Institute at CDU, is gathering experiences from First Nations women who have worked at NT mine sites to better understand working conditions and why so few currently work in the NT mining industry.

The survey is anonymous, takes under 20 minutes and you can use your smartphone, iPad, or computer to take part. The first 30 women to complete the survey will receive a pair of earrings from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre at Yirrkala valued at $50.

Start the survey

Got questions?

08 8946 6367  
Text: 0403 176 737

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Mapping Marra Sea Country

(Limmen Marine Park)

Researcher Rachel Groom leads this project using a both-ways knowledge approach to Sea Country management, where Traditional Ecological Knowledges and Western sciences integrate to provide a robust foundation for the management of our Northern Territory coast.

Limmen Marine Park is in Marra Sea Country in the remote South-West Gulf of Carpentaria. Today, as the Marra people launch their Healthy Country Plan, we pay our respects and congratulate them on this significant milestone. 

We celebrate with them through the release of this short film about Limmen Marine Park and the cultural importance of Marra Sea Country. “The sea is not empty, it’s full of life, and we [Marra] have cultural obligations to manage that”: Parks Australia looks forward to working in partnership with Marra for many years to come.

This film was funded by the Australian Government through the Our Marine Parks Grants program, and is a collaboration between Parks Australia, Charles Darwin University, James Cook University, TropWATER, Northern Territory Government rangers and the Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers


Fire simulations for Northern Australia

Researcher Rohan Fisher leads an array of projects utilising his Projection Augmented Landscape Models; low-tech tools to create dynamic spatial holograms of country.

These models have been created for a number of Indigenous ranger groups to support their on-ground fire management planning and capacity-building activities. This has included work with Dhimurru, Jawoyn and Mimal ranger groups in Arnhemland.

The way in which fires move through country can be very complex and hard to predict particularly in the vast tropical savannas of northern Australia.

‘Incendiary’ is a fire spread simulation game that allows us to ‘play with fire’ and explore the effects of a range of weather and landscape variables on fire behaviour which can assist thinking about strategic fire management.

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Current projects

Read more about the dozens of ongoing research projects being funded by the Northern Institute.

Research Student Emma Barrett
We're looking for prospective students

Available Postgraduate projects

We welcome prospective research students to undertake their research journey at the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts

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