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Djiru Warrangburra Aboriginal Corporation

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Overview

The Djiru Warrangburra Aboriginal Corporation administers land on behalf of the Djiru People. On 1 Steptember 2011, the Djiru People, were recognised in the Federal Court of Australia by two consent determinations over 9,440 hectares of land and waters in the area of Mission beach. The Djiru Peoples determination arose from a claim lodged in March 2003 (Djiru people #2) and in July 2003, the Djiru people lodged another application (Djiru people #3). Subsequently both applications were accepted for registration in 2003 pursuant to s66 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Agreements Treaties and Negotiated Settlement Project, 2011).

The determination area is located approximately 133 km south Cairns in Far North Queensland and includes, parts of the Tully Gorge National Park, Clump Mountain National Park, Djiru National Park, Hull River National, Walter Hill Ranges Conservation Park, unallocated state land and reserve land (National Native Title Tribunal, 2011).

The Federal Court of Australia determined that native title exists in all of the determination area and consist of exclusive and non-exclusive native title rights over two different areas if the determination area. These rights include the right of access; the right to camp and erect shelters on the area but not reside permanently; the right to hunt and to fish; the right to gather and use natural resources; the right to take water; the right to conduct ceremonies; the right to be buried or bury another; the right to look after significant cultural sites; the right to teach on physical an spiritual attributes of the area; and the right to light fires for domestic purposes.

Managed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS acknowledges the funding support of the Native Title Branch of
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).