El Arish North Queensland

Places, Faces and Events of an Historical Soldier Settlement town

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The Traditional Owners - the Djiru People


The Bandjin, Djiru, Girramay, Gugu Badhun, Gulnay, Jirrbal, Nywaigi, Warrgamay and Warungnu Aboriginal peoples' traditional country broadly encompasses land around North Maria Creek to El Arish and south west to the Tully River, north to Ravenshoe and Herberton, south to include country to the east of Einsleigh, south west of Greenvale and each to Rollingstone on the coast. The offshore islands and waters surrounding Hinchinbrook, Goold, Brooke, Family and the Dunk Islands are also included in this area.

The Traditional Owners of the Djiru National Park, the Djiru Aboriginal people, welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special places.

In September 2011, the Djiru people, past and present, were recognised as the Native Title holders of their traditional lands in the Mission Beach area.

Through the Australian Government funded HIP, the Djiru people are developing management plans for two of these Native Title blocks; one at the mouth of Wongaling Creek and another at South Mission Beach.

Map of the traditional land of the Djiru people

Djiru Warrangburra Aboriginal Corporation

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.

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