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Minister Scullion: Celebrating Native Title for Port Curtis Coral Coast

28 Nov 2017
  • Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda peoples have been recognised under a new native title determination.
  • The decision covers more than 46,000 square kilometres of land and water in Central Queensland.

The Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda peoples have this week celebrated significant native title determinations in Central Queensland.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion, today congratulated the native title holders and their representative body, Queensland South Native Title Services, on this historic determination.

Today’s determination covers approximately 46,000 square kilometres of land and water in Central Queensland.

“This determination is of great significance. It not only affirms what the traditional owners have always known, but also ensures that the traditional owners of the land and their ongoing practices will be recognised by Australian law,” Minister Scullion said.

“I would like to congratulate all those who have worked on this determination over the years. This is a major milestone in the Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda Peoples in having their land formally recognised.

“Native Title will also ensure that the traditional owners will be able to pursue greater social, cultural and economic opportunities which will benefit the entire community.

Both the Federal Court hearing and celebrations were held today at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre – which was widely attended by members of the local community.

“I wish to acknowledge and pay respect to the elders who have passed away over the years of prosecuting the claim and did not live to see this day.”

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Visit the Minister's website to view the original media release.