Land transfer offers jobs, tourism and cultural opportunities for Traditional Owners
A new Aboriginal economic and cultural base is set to be developed in the heart of Queensland’s Wangetti coast following the official transfer of land back into the hands of Traditional Owners today.
The Wangetti Aboriginal Land Trust and Yirrganydji people today received the deeds to another 2.5 hectares of their traditional lands—marking a significant milestone in the journey of the Yirrganydji people and their continued connection to country.
Wangetti Aboriginal Land Trust Chair Colin Enoch said the land would be developed into an economic and cultural base.
“We want to use our knowledge and understanding of the land and work with the local community to protect the unique environmental attributes, help the region grow economically, and also educate people who visit the area,” he said.
“The land is located within the Wangetti Trail Project area, so we’ll be looking at how we can connect in with eco-friendly tourism opportunities and use the trail project to be able to tell our story.
“We’ll also be looking at potentially developing a community multipurpose centre, wellbeing centre and ranger base on the land in the years to come.
“Importantly, this land is a woman’s place and we’d like to see women rangers in the future helping to protect the land, educate our young people and educate visitors.
“There’s big potential for this land, and we have a lot of hopes and plans for the future that will benefit our children and grandchildren to come while helping to grow a stronger appreciation and understanding of Aboriginal culture for all Australians and tourists.”
The Wangetti Aboriginal Land Trust now hold almost 10 hectares along the Wangetti coast which gives them the ability to manage the environmental and cultural values of the land while also working with the Queensland Government on ecotourism and job opportunities.
The handover of the deeds for the two blocks of land totalling almost 2.5 hectares was celebrated on country with the Yirrganydji Rangers performing celebratory dances and Traditional Owners sharing their stories.
The land was transferred under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 following an expression of interest from the Wangetti Aboriginal Land Trust.
The land can never be sold so that future generations will be able to continue to use and enjoy their traditional lands.
Last updated 29 July 2020