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KULLA (McIlwraith Range) National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land)

Category: Place
Date: 7 August 2008
Sub Category:National Park
Location:Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
Schedule 2AA of the Nature Conservation (Protected Areas) Regulation 1994 (Qld) describes the area as follows: "Lots 4 and 10 on SP189952, lot 16 on SP121904 and lot 451 on SP204109 situated in the counties of Coen, Sidmouth and Weymouth, containing an area of about 158358.4ha'."

A map of the area is available from the EPA website (see link below). The 158,358 hectares encompass rainforest within the former Mt Croll and McIlwraith Range properties.
Summary Information:
The KULLA (McIlwraith Range) National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) is an area of land designated as a "National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal land)" (an "NP(CYPAL)") under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld).

For an NP(CYPAL) to be created, the grantees of the land in question must have entered into an Indigenous Management Agreement for the land, and the grantees and the Minister must agree that the land should be managed as an NP(CYPAL) (see Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007 (Qld) s42AB). NP(CYPAL)s are a relatively new type of national park. They were established through the Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007 (Qld), which amended both the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (Qld) and the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld). As a result of the amendments, the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (Qld) sets out the requirements for Indigenous Management Agreements, while the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld) enables the Minister to dedicate an area of land as a CYPAL.

The Indigenous Management Agreement relevant to the KULLA NP(CYPAL) is between the KULLA Land Trust and the Environmental Protection Agency (see link below). These two entities thus jointly manage the Park.

The Park's name, KULLA, is an acronym of the four clan groups that have historical connection to the area (namely, the Kaanju, Umpila, Lamalama and Ayapathu).

The KULLA NP(CYPAL) was dedicated in August 2008, making it the second NP(CYPAL) to be announced. The first such park was the Lama Lama National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land).


Related Entries

Agreement
  • KULLA Indigenous Management Agreement
  • KULLA (McIlwraith Range & Mt Croll) Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Organisation
  • KULLA Land Trust
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland)
  • Legislation
  • Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld)
  • Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (Qld)
  • Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007 (Qld)
  • People
  • Lamalama People
  • Kaanju People
  • Ayapathu People
  • Umpila People

  • References

    General Reference
    Queensland Government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (July 2008) KULLA (McIlwraith Range) NP (CYPAL) map
    Tropical Savannas CRC (28 August 2008) KULLA National Park, Cape York
    Queensland Government (8 August 2008) Joint management of Cape York Peninsula national parks
    Sean Parnell, The Australian (7 August 2008) Traditional owners win national park after 30 years
    Caitriona Murtagh, The Cairns Post (7 August 2008) Land handover a dream
    Australian Conservation Foundation (6 August 2008) McIlwraith Handover Ceremony Video
    Media Release
    The Hon Anna Bligh, Premier of Queensland (6 August 2008) New National Park for Queenslanders

    Documents

    Map
    KULLA (McIlwraith Range & Mt Croll) Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) Map - ( PDF)

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