On 22 March, the Kunja People’s unwavering connection to Country was recognised with the formal determination of native title over 310 hectares of land in south-west Queensland.

The determination area is within the Shire of Paroo, north from the Queensland/New South Wales border, centred around the town of Cunnamulla and includes parts of the Warrego River. Native title was granted by Honourable Justice SC Derrington at a special hearing of the Federal Court of Australia at Cunnamulla.  

The Kunja People’s journey toward native title recognition was a challenging and prolonged one, taking around seven years. In 2015, we walked with the Kunja People to register a new claim; the determination area was adjusted to reflect compromises made following mediation to resolve competing assertions of country.

Along the way to this positive native title outcome, the Kunja People demonstrated persistence, strongly contributed to research and assisted with documenting culturally significant information to advance their claim to determination.

We congratulate the Kunja People on their successful consent determination.