The Federal Court of Australia has today recognised native title over lands and waters spanning more than 16,700km2 in Queensland’s south-west corner, officially naming the Budjiti People as Traditional Owners and native title holders.
Two Native Title Determinations covering 2826 square kilometers, which includes the soaring white sand dunes of the iconic Shelburne Bay area, were finalised in Cairns this week, ending decades of struggle for traditional owners.
Cape York Traditional Owners and their future generations have won the right to use and enjoy their traditional lands. State Development Minister and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the Federal Court of Australia today recognised the native title rights and interests of the Wuthathi, Kuuku Y'au and Northern Kaanju peoples over about 165,000 hectares of land and waters on Cape York Peninsula.
In a remote sitting near Cunnamulla today, the Honourable Justice Mansfield of the Federal Court has granted recognition to the Boonthamurra People as native title holders over more than 23,400km2 of land and waters in Queensland’s south-west region