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A Wik Forestry Industry on Cape York Peninsula: Visions and Realities

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  • Tyron Venn

    (Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland)

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The large, unutilised native forest timber resource on traditional Wik land on Cape York Peninsula, Australia, could be managed for timber production to contribute to Wik socio-economic objectives. Wik elders have a set of forestry objectives and envisage that these will be best achieved by a timber industry selling unprocessed logs and woodchips. On the other hand, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation, an indigenous community development organisation, anticipate that an industry utilising high-technology equipment and producing dried and dressed finished products including strip-flooring will best satisfy Wik forestry objectives. The Wilderness Society envisages small-scale, Ôcommunity developmentÕ activities such as portable sawmilling and niche market furniture manufacture as being appropriate types of forestry activities on Wik land. Goal programming analysis of forest use opportunities indicates that Wik forestry objectives are unlikely to be best satisfied by adopting the timber utilisation opportunities espoused by any one of the stakeholders.

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Paper provided by Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland in its series Murray-Darling Program Working Papers with number WPM04_7.

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Date of creation: Nov 2004
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  1. Venn, Tyron, 2005. "Commercial Forestry: An Economic Development Opportunity Consistent with the Property Rights of the Wik People to Natural Resources," Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers 149845, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  2. Venn, Tyron J. & Quiggin, John, 2007. "Accommodating indigenous cultural heritage values in resource assessment: Cape York Peninsula and the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(2-3), pages 334-344, March.
  3. Anonymous, 2005. "Commercial Forestry: An Economic Development Opportunity Consistent with the Property Rights of Wik People to Natural Resources," 2005 Conference (49th), February 9-11, 2005, Coff's Harbour, Australia 139291, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  4. Venn, Tyron J. & Quiggin, John C., 2006. "Accommodating Indigenous Cultural Heritage Values in Resource Assessment," 2006 Conference (50th), February 8-10, 2006, Sydney, Australia 139919, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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