The Federal Court today recognised the Jinibara People as Native Title holders of land in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said today’s determination covered an area of approximately 703 square kilometres of land from the southern end of the Blackall Ranges in the north to Lake Manchester in the south.
“This decision means Australia’s legal system formally acknowledges the rights of the Jinibara People to camp, hunt, fish and gather in the area, maintain areas of significance and conduct ceremonies in accordance with their traditional laws and customs,” Mr Cripps said.
“This determination will not have an effect on water rights or public access to national parks.”
Mr Cripps said the Jinibara People had also negotiated an Indigenous Land Use agreement (ILUA) with the State Government.
“The ILUA establishes how Native Title rights and interests will be exercised in the protected areas within the determination area and provide a framework for managing cultural heritage issues, future activities, and use and access arrangements,” he said.
“Each of the agreements negotiated by the Jinibara People demonstrates their commitment to maintaining the cultural and natural values of their traditional lands.
“Achieving these agreements has come as the result of hard work and extensive consultation and negotiation and I congratulate those involved for their commitment to the Native Title process.”
Mr Cripps said the decision marked the 77th time that a Native Title Determination had been reached in Queensland and the 71st by consent.
“Native Title Determination provides certainty for people with interests in the region by determining who the Native Title holders are and the extent of their rights and interests within the determination area.
“The Queensland Government will continue to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to advance reconciliation and recognise Native Title holders in our state.”