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Ngadjon Jii Memorandum of Understanding

Category: Agreement
Date: 1 February 2003
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Location:Malanda, Queensland, Australia
Subject Matter:Access | Consultation | Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Land Management | Land Use | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests
Summary Information:
The Ngadjon Jii Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Ngadjon Jii elders, the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency in February 2003. The MOU recognises the spiritual connection and cultural importance of the Wooroonooran National Park to Ngadjon Jii people. The MOU aims to improve involvement of Ngadjon Jii people in land management, while maximising the economic and social benefits to Ngadjon Jii people. This is the first MOU to cover a national park area in Queensland.

The MOU covers the Wooroonooran National Park, including Mount Bartle Frere, Topaz Road National Park and the Malanda Falls Conservation Park. Among other initiatives, it creates an area of restricted access, known as Bulubu Burrguna or Top Camp. The Ngadjon Jii have the power to exclude others from this land. The MOU also allows the Ngadjon Jii to camp in the National Park and to bury their people in the park, subject to the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld).

Related Entries

Agreement
  • State & Ngadjon-Jii Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Organisation
  • Wet Tropics Management Authority - Signatory
  • Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
  • North Queensland Land Council Native Title Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) - Signatory
  • People
  • Ngadjon Jii People - Signatory
  • Place
  • Wooroonooran National Park

  • References

    General Reference
    Terry O'Shane (December 2003) 'A Long Road to Justice' (2003) 9 Rainforest Aboriginal News 12
    Media Release
    Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management (2003) Historic Accord Recognises Benefit of Indigenous Park Management
    Newspaper Article
    Steve Gray (2003) Emotions Flow at Signing

    Glossary

    Memorandum of Understanding

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