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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, July 04, 2011


    In an historic occasion for Aboriginal land justice, the Federal Court of Australia today determined that the Quandomooka people are the traditional custodians of their country on North Stradbroke Island.

    Attending the celebration on the island, Premier Anna Bligh said today’s determination was a major step forward for the Quandamooka, providing certainty and opportunities for their future on North Stradbroke.

    “This is the first successful native title claim in South East Queensland, providing land justice right on Brisbane’s doorstep,” Ms Bligh said.

    “I congratulate the Quandamooka people on this significant achievement today, which has been sixteen years in the making.

    “The Quandamooka People have cared for country around these areas for thousands of years – and today their long and enduring connection with the land and sea of North Stradbroke Island has finally been recognised.

    “The decision by the Federal Court resolves a claim that the Quandamooka have been pursuing since 1995.

    “This is an event to celebrate and cherish.”

    Ms Bligh said the Queensland Government and the Quandamooka people had also entered into an Indigenous Land Use Agreement, which was signed during a ceremony on the island today.

    “In addition to the Federal Court determination, the Government and the Quandamooka people have negotiated a land use agreement which will ensure that the traditional owners have a key role in shaping the future of North Stradbroke Island,” Ms Bligh said.

    “This is a time of great hope and opportunity for North Stradbroke Island.

    “Our Government is working closely with the traditional owners and the whole community to provide a stronger, more sustainable future for this precious part of Queensland.

    “The resolution of Native Title and signing of the ILUA today mean the Quandamooka people can have certainty about their custodianship of this land, and can build a bright future on country for the next generation.”

    Under the determination, Australia’s legal system finally acknowledges the Quandamooka people’s rights to camp, hunt, fish and gather in accordance with their traditional laws and customs. They also now have legal entitlements and a certainty about their land use and property rights.

    Environment Minister Vicky Darling said the Queensland Government is committed to working with the Quandamooka to provide a strong future for their people and their lands.

    “Our vision for North Stradbroke Island is based on joint management of national parks with the traditional owners, and the creation of new opportunities that harness the rich cultural and environmental history of the island,” Ms Darling said.

    “The Quandamooka people will be permanently involved in the management of the Naree Budjong Djara National Park on North Stradbroke Island, as well as the Teerk Roo Ra National Park on Peel Island.

    “This is the first time that our Government has entered into a joint management arrangement with traditional owners outside of Cape York Peninsula, providing important opportunities for the Quandamooka people to play a key role in managing their land.

    “In the future, culturally orientated nature-based businesses, run by the Quandamooka people, are also seen to be an integral part of the vision for the island.

    “We have been working closely with the Quandamooka to develop the strategy for the island’s sustainable future, and today’s event is a key milestone in this process.”

    Premier’s Office – 07 3224 4500

    Additional Information:

    • Today’s decisions by the Federal Court are for two claims that the Quandamooka people commenced in 1995 and 1999, respectively. The claims cover the majority of North Stradbroke Island, Peel Island, Goat Island, the surrounding waters of Moreton Bay.
    • Today’s determination by the Federal Court recognises exclusive native title rights and interests over approximately 2,264 hectares of land; non-exclusive native title rights and interests over approximately 22,639 hectares of land, as well as approximately 29,505 hectares of the Moreton Bay Marine Park area.
    • The Quandamooka people now have recognised rights including the right to live and conduct traditional ceremonies; take, use, share and exchange traditional natural resources; conduct burial rites, teach about the physical and spiritual attributes of the area; and maintain places of importance and areas of significance.
    • As with all native title claims, the Quandamooka people’s claims cannot cover private freehold or many types of leasehold land, so the majority of landholders on North Stradbroke Island will not be directly affected.
    • The expression of all native title rights and interests are subject to the laws of the Commonwealth, State and Local governments.
    • Like all Native Title applications, extensive negotiations were held in the lead up to the final consent determination.
    • These determinations were reached by negotiation with the Queensland Government, the Quandamooka People, Queensland South Native Title Services, The Commonwealth of Australia, Redland City Council, Brisbane City Council, Sibelco Australia Limited and other parties with interests in infrastructure, fishing, and tourism on Stradbroke Island.
    • To support the determination, the State Government and the Quandamooka people have also entered into an Indigenous Land Use Agreement and an Indigenous Management Agreement over lands and waters within the Determination Areas.
    • These Agreements will provide the Quandamooka People with an opportunity to own land as well as participate in the management of their traditional country.
    • The State Government has applied for the Indigenous Land Use Agreement to be registered with the National Native Title Tribunal. This is expected to occur later this year.