Githabul Nation Aboriginal Corporation
The Githabul Nation Aboriginal Corporation administers land on behalf of the Githabul people. Their ownership was recognised in the Githabul People determination of November 2007.
The determination arose from a native title claim made in 1995. It was negotiated over 12 years until all parties agreed to recognise the Githabul’s native title rights, including possession, occupation and use of resources within the determination area. This agreement was later affirmed and approved by the Federal Court.
Commenting on the agreement, Tom Calma, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, stated:
"This is a truly outstanding outcome and testament to the cooperation and goodwill of not only the Githabul People themselves but also the NSW Government ... This is a historic moment for the Githabul People and the entire reconciliation and Indigenous land reform process" (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 2007).
In addition to this determination, the Githabul Nation Aboriginal Corporation can also carry out the functions of a Cultural Heritage Body under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld).