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KULLA (McIlwraith Range) National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land)
|Date:||7 August 2008|
|Sub Category:||National Park|
|Location:||Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia|
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|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.
|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).
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