Australia returns more than 160,000 acres of land to Aboriginal people in a landmark agreement

The government of the Australian state of Queensland has reached an historic agreement that will return more than 160,000 acres of land to Aboriginal people, including the famous Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest rainforest.

The agreement, which also includes Queensland’s other national parks, including Cedar Bay (Ngalba Bulal), Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) and Hope Islands, calls for the land to be returned to their original administrators, the Kuku Yalanji in the east, who are held by the state government recognized as “one of the oldest living cultures in the world”.

Australia returns more than 160,000 acres of land to Aboriginal people in a landmark agreement
Australia returns more than 160,000 acres of land to Aboriginal people in a landmark agreement

“This agreement recognizes their right to own and manage their land, protect their culture and share it with visitors as they become leaders in the tourism industry,” Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon added in a statement.

For his part, Chrissy Grant, a member of the East Kuku Yalanji Land Negotiating Committee, has indicated that the settlement was reached after four years of negotiations that state that the national parks will be managed jointly with the Queensland Administration for the time being. The Brisbane Times collects them with the intention of finally managing them.

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