Choorechillum (Ngadjon Jii PBC) Aboriginal Corporation
The Ngadjon-Jii People’s their native title rights have been recognised over national parks and reserves 47 km south of Cairns in a consent determination made at Malanda by Justice Spender. The determination covers an area over 13,287 ha of land and waters in parts of the Wooroonooran National Park, Topaz Road National Park, Malanda Falls Conservation Park and two quarry reserves. Under the determination, the Ngadjon-Jii People have:
- Exclusive rights to possess, occupy and use a 2.34 ha island in the middle of the Russell River; and
- Non-exclusive rights over the rest of the land including the right to make decisions about the use of the area and to protect and maintain it as well as access the area to camp, hunt, gather natural resources for personal needs and conduct ceremonies.
The Ngadjon-Jii People native title claim was lodged in 1999 and talks with the State Government, Cairns City Council, Eacham Shire Council and Ergon Energy have recently concluded with an indigenous land use agreement (ILUA) which establishes how the native title rights and interests will work on the ground.