land hand back celebration
On 23 June 2023, the Waanyi People and the Queensland Government celebrated the return of traditional Boodjamulla National Park lands to the Waanyi Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC) (Waanyi Prescribed Body Corporate) on behalf of the Waanyi People.
The Queensland Government acknowledges the Waanyi People’s unbreakable connection with Boodjamulla Country, the spiritual heart of Waanyi Country. The Waanyi People’s occupation of the gorge country has been scientifically carbon dated to be 30,000 years plus and counting. The Waanyi People’s rights and responsibility for their country under Aboriginal Tradition, and their spiritual association with the land is recognised and respected.
Image credit: Darren England/AAP PHOTOS
for Waanyi Country
The Waanyi PBC and the Queensland Government have established a Cooperative Management Council (CMC) as a Board of Management, to facilitate cooperative partnerships and work together across the landscape.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships is committed to work cooperatively with Waanyi PBC to ensure the Country stays healthy for Waanyi People, their future generations and for the benefit of all people of Queensland.
Watch Ceremony Video
(Video credit: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Science)