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Uncle Cliff Campbell

Uncle Cliff Campbell
Land and Sea Resource Centre

A Cultural Resource for Ngugi, Koenpal, Yuggera & Wangerriburra Associations

Caring for our Waters, Land, Sea and Sky Country

Uncle Cliff Campbell is a Ngugi Elder. He has been a fisherman all of his life. Uncle Cliff has worked tirelessly for the protection of his beloved Moreton Bay (Quandamooka). He has an intimate knowledge of the Bay and all of its creatures. Uncle Cliff Campbell is a member of the SEQ Healthy Waterways Policy Council.

Our Mission is to look after the Mother Spirit who created all life and sustains us, who will in turn sustain the Traditional Owners, residents and all living things of Moreton Bay now and forever

The Uncle Cliff Campbell Land and Sea Resource Centre (LSRC) has the key aims of keeping waters, land, sea and sky country healthy and keeping the culture and law of the Traditional Owners strong and active. The LSRC will provide a small keeping place for our living cultural heritage and other resources.

The LSRC will provide resources, facilities and information to allow Ngugi, Koenpal, Yuggera & Wangerriburra Traditional Owners to be fully involved in the research, development, management, monitoring and assessment of waters, land, sea and sky resources that support and sustain Quandamooka.

Protecting Traditional Owner Cultural Heritage

LSRC was opened in late 2005 following Aboriginal community concern for the health of Moreton Bay, its catchments and its Indigenous Cultural Heritage.

The Traditional Owners in and around Quandamooka have been involved in a lot of talk with government agencies about managing this very special and beautiful region that is our ancestral home.

There are a number of simple ideas that guide the way we will be involved in maintaining the spiritual and cultural heritage of Quandamooka for our children and future generations.

Self Determination

Over time our people will seek a more self-determined approach to relationships with others and the management of our land and sea country.

Recognition of our traditional interests

There is a strong presence of Aboriginal people in the Moreton Bay Region who have very close spiritual links to the land and waters of the Ancestors. This must be recognized as a very special and valuable part of Australia's living heritage.

Connectedness to all things

Throughout the millennia indigenous peoples have believed that all natural processes are interconnected, ie., rivers with land and sea with food chains and habitat. This is a very special relationship complemented by the spiritual connection of all the forms and cycles of life.

Living culture

The maintenance of chosen lifestyles is important to all people. Aboriginal people desire the ability to maintain the lifestyle that we consider appropriate in a modern world.

Management for our future generations

Management of natural resources and the many things that they offer for the benefit of future generations has become known as sustainability and intergenerational equity. Big words for such a simple message.

Evolving process

Becoming true and effective partners in natural resource management depends upon our collective ability to deal with each other, and the complexities of management. These processes must be given all the time they need to grow for everyone's benefit.

Grassroots participation

One of the key principles of good and effective management is the involvement of community in the planning, policy development, and implementation stages of the management process. Being transparent and avoiding token efforts is important at every stage of the projects.

Search for common ground

Common ground gets people to the discussion table. It is those things that we all believe in, like caring for our children and the beauty of the place.


All people with an interest in the management of natural resources must be willing to discuss the concerns and to achieve required and desired objectives in everyday affairs of management.


For any group to make worthwhile decisions they must have access to the right kind of expertise, and develop the capacity to use information in a way which leads to good management of decisions.

Social and economic development

In the world today many people talk about the need for indigenous groups to seek creative contemporary options for economic and social development.

Respect for each other

Equity cannot exist at a negotiating table, or in meaningful management partnerships, without basic respect for, and acceptance of a diversity of views.

Healthy Waterways and Bay

By protecting and maintining their living cultural heritage the Traditional Owners will assist with sensible and sustainable use of Quandamooka.

This will bring renewed life to the parts of our environment which are not as healthy as they should be.

Federal Indigenous Heritage Project

The project partners of the LSRC obtained Federal Government Heritage funding to establish a small keeping place and cultural resource centre.

The project is to identify and recommend protection and management options for sites and resources of indigenous cultural significance. The project has a Traditional Owner project committee to ensure all approriate authorisations, protocols and laws are respected. The project works directly with Traditional Owners to then visit, document and record sites for protection or management. The LSRC is actively making partnerships with universities and researchers to ensure the cultural heritage research needs of Traditional Owners are met. As well, other Traditional Owner groups are openly seeking to participate in meetings.

The LSRC Cultural Heritage Project services include:

National Heritage Trust NRMSEQ

Proudly supported by a Australian Federal Government Indigenous Heritage Grant