Djabugay Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
The Djabugay Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, located in Kuranda, near Cairns, is the Registered Native Title Body Corporate administering the Djabugay People native title determination of 2005. This determination resolved a claim which began 13 years earlier.
The main objective of the Djabugay’s (also known as Tjapukai) claim was to have their native title rights and interests in the Barron Gorge National Park recognised at law. The first claim was lodged in May 1994 by Andy and Rhonda Duffin and was placed on the Native Title Register in January 2002. Over the life of the claim, this application was amended and the joint applicants became Barry Hunter, Ivan Brim, Lloyd Levers, Gerald Hobbler, Melvyn Hunter, Patrick Hastie and Rhonda Brim.
The determination was handed down by Justice Spender, Federal Court Australia in July 2005 after the Djabugay, the State of Queensland and the Cairns City Council successfully mediated the terms of this native title determination. These terms included:
- that the parties acknowledge the Djabugay's strong and long-standing connection to the land in the Barron Gorge National Park, and
- that the Djabugay will have a right to be acknowledged as the native title holders for the Barron Gorge National Park in accordance with their traditional laws and customs.
This consent determination is the first to be made over a national park in Queensland without litigation. It is located in Far North Queensland covering an area of approximately 2,800 hectares.
The Djabugay Native Title Aboriginal Corporation also administers an Indigenous Land Use Agreement which is binding upon all native title holders of the area included within the agreement.