Walker on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People v State of Queensland [2007] FCA 1907 (9 December 2007)

Category: Agreement
Binomial Name: Federal Court of Australia
Date: 9 December 2007
Sub Category:Consent Determination (Native Title Act)
Location:Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Queensland, Australia
Legal Status: Registered on the National Native Title Register (of native title determinations).
Legal Reference: Federal Court No: QUD6008/98; National Native Title Tribunal No: QC94/13.
Alternative Names:
  • Walker on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People v State of Queensland
  • Eastern Kuku Yalanji People
  • URL: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/federal_ct/2007/1907.html
    Summary Information:
    Walker on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People v State of Queensland [2007] FCA 1907 (9 December 2007)

    Between:

    Eileen Walker, Agnes Walker, John Walker Jnr, Hazel Douglas and Peter Fischer on their own behalf and on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People (APPLICANTS)

    and

    The State of Queensland, Cook Shire Council
    Douglas Shire Council, Wujual Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Telstra Corp Ltd, Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, Robert Alfred Harlow
    Andrew Alan Marshall, Roderick William McLean
    Kevin John Brandt, Terry Anne Rogers
    Arnifried Brendecke, Odette Catherine Phillpot, Russell David O'Doherty, Vernon John Goodyear and Burungu Aboriginal Corporation (RESPONDENTS)

    Judge: Allsop J

    Where made: Diwan Reserve, Cape Tribulation

    Determination:

    Exclusive and non-exclusive native title exists in the determination area .
    Detailed Information:
    The final determination covers approximately 126,900 hectares in the World Heritage Daintree area.

    By agreement, the parties have established that the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people have exclusive native title rights and interests in approximately 30,300 hectares of the determination area.

    The Court also recognised that the native title holders possess non-exclusive rights over the other 96,600 hectares, including access rights for camping, hunting, gathering and the conduct of ceremonies. These rights extend to non-exclusive rights to water, fishing and gathering for personal use.

    These native title rights and interests are held on trust by the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation , a Prescribed Body Corporate for the purpose of s 56(1) of the Native Title Act 1993 (Determination, para 11).

    According to the National Native Title Tribunal Media Release, the benefits of the determination include greater Indigenous management of the parks and reserves, ownership of Aboriginal freehold, the doubling of some national park estate and the preservation of environmental and cultural values. According to the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, the land rights 'potentially will give [the native title holders] the opportunity to generate jobs and economic benefits for their community.' (Koori Mail)

    Related Entries

    Agreement
  • Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal Land Dealing Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) - Previous
  • Organisation
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation
  • Douglas Shire Council - Respondent
  • State of Queensland - Respondent
  • Cook Shire Council - Respondent
  • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council - Respondent
  • Telstra Corporation Limited - Respondent
  • Ergon Energy Corporation Limited - Respondent
  • Burungu Aboriginal Corporation - Respondent
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • People
  • Agnes Walker, Eileen Walker, Hazel Douglas, John Walker Jnr and Peter Fischer on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People - Native Title Claimant
  • Kuku Yalanji People
  • Robert Alfred Harlow - Respondent
  • Roderick William McLean - Respondent
  • Kevin John Brandt - Respondent
  • Andrew Alan Marshall - Respondent
  • Terry Anne Rogers - Respondent
  • Arnifried Brendecke - Respondent
  • Odette Catherine Phillpot - Respondent
  • Russell David O'Doherty - Respondent
  • Vernon John Goodyear - Respondent

  • References

    Case Law
    Federal Court of Australia (2007) Walker on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People v State of Queensland [2007] FCA 1907
    Media Release
    National Native Title Tribunal (9 December 2007) Native title recognised in the Daintree
    Newspaper Article
    Darren Cove (19 December 2007) Daintree Struggle Ends in Success
    Resource
    National Native Title Tribunal (8 January 2008) Extract from the National Native Title Register (of native title determinations) for Federal Court matter number QUD6008/98 as at 8 January 2008

    Glossary

    Consent Determination (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Native Title (Australia) | Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) (Native Title Act) (Australia)