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MMG and Mount Isa City Council were among many stakeholders which recently gathered with Traditional Owners to canvas new partnership opportunities and celebrate the opening of new office facilities serving as headquarters for Native Title Holders throughout the Mount Isa region.
Following a recent refurbishment of offices occupied by major native title services body QSNTS, Traditional Owners will now have access to new and modern office spaces that feature state-of-the-art teleconferencing facilities, board and meeting spaces, and crucial office equipment to help support Native Title Holders in reaching their aspirations following native title determination.
QSNTS Chief Executive Officer Kevin Smith says the new offices will provide a critical pillar of support for Traditional Owners in the post-determination phase of their native title journeys.
“A positive native title determination represents more than just formal recognition of ancient Indigenous cultures which are a source of pride and identity for Traditional Owners in Queensland; it also paves the way forward for Indigenous communities seeking to attain self-determination,” Mr Smith says.
“Native title advances Indigenous reconciliation at local, regional and national levels, presents economic development opportunities with ongoing mining and construction projects, and opens new doors to diversity into tourism across the broader region.
“With the majority of native title claims in the Mount Isa region already determined, QSNTS now commits itself to supporting Traditional Owners in their roles as Native Title Holders, and providing full access to modern, secure offices is one of the many services offered to bring native title aspirations to fruition.”
In addition to cutting the tape on the new offices, the QSNTS Board met with more than 50 stakeholders over lunch, including Traditional Owner groups the Pitta Pitta People, Kalkadoon People, and Bularnu Waluwurra and Wangkayujuru People, as well as native title claimants from the Mitakoodi and Mayi People, and the Wangkamahdla Nation.
Proud to provide Native Title Holders with a hub for their respective operations, QSNTS looks forward to working together with Traditional Owners and other stakeholders throughout Queensland in their future endeavours and partnerships.