Quandamooka People

Native title recognised on Brisbane’s doorstep

4 July 2011
Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island

A 16 year battle for native title recognition saw victory for the Quandamooka People of North Stradbroke Island in historic consent determinations at Dunwich on 4 July 2011.

The Federal Court determinations recognise the ongoing traditional laws and customs of the Quandamooka People, and specify native title rights and interests over land and waters on and around North Stradbroke Island.

Queensland South Native Title Services CEO Kevin Smith sees the victory as a testament to the determination of key people in the Quandamooka claim group.

“The strength of the traditional laws and customs of the Quandamooka People to survive the colonisation process on the doorstep of a capital city is a testament to these people,” Mr Smith said.

“The native title process has been a long, drawn-out and sometimes painful fight for the Quandamooka People. There have been a lot of really tough decisions to make.

“We should see this as an opportunity to celebrate and honour the fight of Elders past and present to have their rights and interests to their traditional country, both land and waters recognised by the Australian legal system,” Mr Smith said.

“Whilst each native title claim must be considered on its individual merits, this historic breakthrough stands as a powerful example that positive native title outcomes can be achieved in developed areas other than remote and regional Australia – and this should hearten all native title claimants wherever their traditional country is located in Australia,” Mr Smith said.

The Quandamooka People’s native title determinations are the first in the southern half of Queensland. 

The Quandamooka People Native Title Consent Determinations court hearing was held at the Dunwich Public Hall, North Stradbroke Island on Monday 4 July 2011.

Photo: Sands through the hands ceremony - Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Quandamooka native title claims Applicant Ian Delaney and Queensland South Native Title Services CEO Kevin Smith celebrating the native title consent determinations at North Stradbroke Island on 4 July 2011.
 

Photo: Members of the Quandamooka PBC and Applicant Ian Delaney (far right) at the ILUA signing ceremony, 14 June 2011.
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The Quandamooka People’s Native Title Application was registered 11th October 2000.

Federal Court Number: QUD6010/98

The QSNTS team for the claim:

Senior Legal Officer: Wati Qalotaki
Community Relations Officer: Matthew Prior
Research Officer: Tony Eales
Paralegal Officer: Jesse Land

The claim area is approximately 525 square kilometres.

QUANDAMOOKA PEOPLE #2

The Quandamooka People #2 Native Title Application was registered 14th June 2000.

Federal Court Number: QUD6024/99

The QSNTS team for the claim:

Legal Officer: Wati Qalotaki
Community Relations Officer: Matthew Prior
Research Officer: Tony Eales
Paralegal Officer: Jesse Land

The claim area is approximately 43 square kilometres.


 

Photo: Quandamooka at Brisbane Courts, 2 March 2010
 


Page last updated: 13 July 2012