Kalkadoon People


Kalkadoon People Native Title Determination
12 December 2011

Aboriginal people, pastoralists, mining interests and all three levels of Government joined together to make history in Mount Isa on 12 December 2011.

More than forty parties agreed to an historic native title consent determination, recognising the Kalkadoon People’s traditional rights and interests to close to 40 000 square kilometres in and around the northwest Queensland mining town.

Kalkadoon Applicant Doug Bruce said he’d been waiting for this moment for nearly twenty years.

“It’s been a long, hard struggle and this is finally where we wanted to be,” Mr Bruce said.

Queensland South Native Title Services CEO Kevin Smith said the complex claim was first filed in 1996 but had “raced ahead” after it was set down for trial two years ago.

“The Kalkadoon People’s claim had been prioritised for resolution by the Federal Court and it took intensive case management and the commitment of the claim group to achieve this tremendous outcome.

“The result highlights the strength of the Kalkadoon People and their traditional laws and customs,” Mr Smith said.

The determination recognises the Kalkadoon People’s native title rights and interests including conducting cultural and spiritual activities, hunting, and maintaining places of importance within the claim area.
The Federal Court of Australia held the native title determination hearing at the Mount Isa Civic Centre.

Some 3000 people representing 29 “apical” ancestors form the claim group.



Milestone agreements reached for Kalkadoon - Mount Isa native title
13 October 2011

The Kalkadoon native title claim group is one step closer to a native title determination after a momentous meeting in Mount Isa on the weekend.

The native title Applicant group along with traditional elders and other claimants agreed to a number of groundbreaking initiatives that will guide the holding of native title and the proper governance of Kalkadoon community activities such as cultural heritage preservation and commercial ventures.

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The amended Kalkadoon People #4 Native Title Determination Application was filed with the Federal Court of Australia on 14 December 2010 (Federal Court Number: QUD579/05). On 7 March 2011, the matter was scheduled for a consent determination in Mount Isa on 12 December 2011.

The QSNTS case management team members are:

Legal Officer: Andrea Olsen
Community Relations Officer: Brigitte BinAwel
Research Officer: Hayley Young / Mia MCCulloch

The claim area is approximately 38 720 square kilometres.

Updated: 11 December 2012