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    Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Juru People’s native title rights recognised

    Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Juru People’s native title rights recognised

    The Federal Court of Australia today recognised the Juru People’s native title rights and interests over more than 8500 hectares in Cape Upstart National Park, near Bowen.

    Minister for Natural Resources Rachel Nolan said today’s determination was the result of a claim first made by the Juru People in 1997.

    “It gives me great pleasure to celebrate the recognition of the Juru People’s native title rights and interest in their traditional lands,” Ms Nolan said.

    “This determination will allow the Juru People to use the land for hunting, fishing and gathering purposes and to conduct ceremonies and carry out cultural activities.

    “They will also be able to maintain areas of significance under their traditional laws and customs and protect those places from physical harm,” she said.

    Ms Nolan said the claim area over the national park consisted of the northern and southern mainland parcels and the majority of Camp Island located within Abbott Bay.

    “The Juru People and the Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation have entered into an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Queensland Government,” Ms Nolan said.

    "This means that the Queensland Government will still be responsible for maintaining the natural values of the national park.

    “This agreement demonstrates the Juru People’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the conservation values of their land as they have done from time immemorial.

    “Today marks the 59th native title determination in Queensland and the 53rd determination by consent which is an achievement both the Queensland Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders can be proud of,” she said.

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