EDO Qld was pleased to be able to meet with representatives from the Butchulla people in Hervey Bay during our regional tour. The Butchulla people are traditional owners of country in the Great Sandy region, including K’gari (aka Fraser Island) for which they have a native title determination.
We discussed the rights that exist under our environment and planning laws to protect country. We also discussed concerns around the inadequate protection of cultural heritage under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld). EDO Qld will be advocating for amendments to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003, better government enforcement of this Act and more meaningful powers and engagement requirements with Indigenous people under other environment and planning laws.
We welcome enquiries from Indigenous groups or persons who are seeking to protect their country through environment, planning and cultural heritage laws. We do not advise on native title matters.
Thank you to the Butchulla people for a very productive and informative meeting.
Photo: EDO Qld senior solicitor Revel Pointon here with Aunty Lillian Burke, Aunty Sandra Page, Aunty Bronwyn de Satge, Aunty Shirley Blake and Gemma Cronin.