Land once used as an important meeting place for North Queensland Aborigines is among more than 560 hectares of land handed back to its traditional owners.
Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham says the title deeds to six parcels of land between Charters Towers and Townsville and Mackay, have been handed over to the Birriah People.
“The Birriah People have been granted inalienable freehold ownership under the Aboriginal Land Act of the six parcels – two of which are located in the Burdekin Dam area which was an important meeting place for the Birriah people.”
“The Birriah Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC will hold the land for the benefit of the Birriah People who now have responsibility for the land.”
The Minister says ownership of this land allows the Birriah People to maintain the cultural and natural values of their traditional land and consider future economic development opportunities such as employment, tourism and training.
“Today’s land handover is an example of the Government’s commitment to Indigenous land title that supports social, cultural and economic development.”
Birriah Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Director Carolyn Kemp says Aboriginal freehold ownership meant Birriah People would have the opportunity to have control over what happened on their land.