After more than three decades, The Queensland Government will finally return thousands of hectares of national park to Indigenous owners on Cape York

In 1977, the Bjelke-Petersen government declared land outside Coen as national park, despite attempts by the Wik Mungkan people to buy it.
Premier Anna Bligh will announce today more than 75,000 hectares of the park, known as Archer Bend, will be revoked and returned to the Wik Mungkan people.
Queensland Sustainability Minister Kate Jones says “This was a shameful period in Queensland Indigenous history – a cynical declaration of a national park to deliberately deny Aboriginal people,”
The return of the land will allow the traditional owners to manage cultural and natural values, and establish businesses.

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