Gunggandji PBC Aboriginal Corporation
The claim relates to two applications made by the Gurubana Gunggandji and Gungandji People in 1994 and 1995, which were joined in 2001 and registered in 2008. In a consent determination, the Federal Court recognised the Gunggandji People’s:
- Exclusive native title rights in relation to around 7508 hectares of land and
- Non-exclusive native title rights over 789 hectares of land and waters.
The consent determination area lies in the vicinity of Yarrabah in far north Queensland and includes the northern part of the Yarrabah Deed of Grant in Trust (‘DOGIT’), including Yarrabah township, the foreshores of Mission Bay, Cape Grafton, Turtle Bay, Wide Bay and Oombunghi beach, part of Malbon Thompson Forest Reserve and two parcels of land on Fitzroy island.
The Gunggandji People negotiated with the State of Queensland, Cairns Regional Council, Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, Black and White (Quick Service) Taxis Pty Ltd, Ergon Energy Corporation Ltd. Miles Electronics Pty Ltd, Seven Network (Operations) Ltd, Southern Cross Media Australia Pty Ltd, Telstra Corporation Ltd and a number of Yarrabah residents to reach the consent determination. Seven Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) were agreed to, establishing how the Gunggandji People’s rights and interests will work in each area.