Central Queensland lands returned to Darumbal people
More than 400 hectares of land near Rockhampton was officially transferred into the hands of the Darumbal people at a ceremony held on 11 February which celebrated their connection to their country and ancestors.
The land transfer follows the Federal Court’s native title determination over these lands in 2016, with this land transfer being another chapter in the journey of it going into Darumbal people’s hands.
The Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation now holds freehold title on country near Mount Chalmers, Mount Archer and Thompson Point.
These transfers demonstrate the Queensland Government’s ongoing commitment to recognising the rights, history and culture of First Nations Peoples and the deep connection they continue to hold to the land and to their ancestors.
Since 2015 the Queensland Government has transferred 160 parcels of land and approximately 500,000 hectares of land to the First Nations Peoples.
The transfer recognises and celebrates Aboriginal people’s ownership and connection to this land, and means the Darumbal people can help future generations keep connection to their culture and to their country.
Local Darumbal man, Elder and Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation board member George James said the land parcels included significant landmarks with strong connections to Darumbal history.
“The land parcel on Mount Chalmers is near the recently renamed Mount Baga, an area of significant historic events for our people, and Thompson Point at the mouth of the Fitzroy River was a traditional source of food for the Darumbal people,” Mr James said.
“We’re hoping to now use some of this land to take our youth – our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren camping in this bush so we can sit by a fire and tell stories, hold ceremonies, dance, cook, and get them away from their mobile phones.
“In short, it will help our youth to re-establish their cultural connection to our land, to find their place in our culture, and it will cement it for generations to come.”
A map of the areas is available on the DNRME media centre.
Last updated 12 February 2020