Central Qld Lands Returned To Darumbal People
More than 400 hectares of land near Rockhampton was officially transferred into the hands of the Darumbal people on Tuesday.
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the ceremony in Rockhampton is celebrating Darumbal people’s connection to their country and ancestors.
“The Federal Court made their native title determination over these lands in 2016, today’s land transfer is another chapter in the journey of it going into Darumbal people’s hands,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“From today [Tuesday] Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation holds freehold title on country near Mount Chalmers, Mount Archer and Thompson Point.
“These transfers demonstrate the government’s ongoing commitment to recognising the rights, history and culture of our First Nations Peoples and the deep connection they continue to hold to the land and to their ancestors.”
Since 2015 Queensland Government has transferred 160 parcels of land and approximately 500,000 hectares ofland to the First Nations Peoples.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said Tuesday's land transfer is a significant milestone for the Darumbal people.
“Today is about recognising and celebrating Aboriginal people’s ownership and connection to this land,” Ms Lauga said.
“These land transfers mean the Darumbal people can help future generations keep connection to their culture and to their country.”
Local Darumbal man, Elder and Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation board member George James said the land parcels included significant landmarks with strong connections to Darumbal history.
“The land parcel on Mount Chalmers is near the recently renamed Mount Baga, an area of significant historic events for our people, and Thompson Point at the mouth of the Fitzroy River was a traditional source of food for the Darumbal people,” Mr James said.
“We’re hoping to now use some of this land to take our youth – our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren camping in this bush so we can sit by a fire and tell stories, hold ceremonies, dance, cook, and get them away from their mobile phones.
“In short, it will help our youth to re-establish their cultural connection to our land, to find their place in our culture, and it will cement it for generations to come.”
Minister for Natural Resources Dr Anthony Lynham congratulated the Darumbal people other respondents and the Federal Court for the spirit of cooperation in achieving this recognition.
“The Queensland Government is committed to recognising the significant connection our First Nations People have with the land, rivers and creeks of our beautiful state. he said.