Kabi Kabi People Recognised as Native Title Holders Over the Sunshine Coast.

Kabi Kabi People Recognised

June 17, 2024: A Federal Court Judge has recognised the Kabi Kabi people as the native title holders over the Sunshine Coast. The order applies to 365,345 hectares of land and water spanning Gympie, Noosa, Maroochydore, Caloundra, Bribie Island and Mudjimba Island.

It is our responsibility to counter claims that imply Native Title is unfair to non-Indigenous land owners or any indication that Indigenous people are getting ‘special rights’, or taking ‘our’ resources or ‘beloved sites’. It is important to note that Native Title is not Freehold Title and does not afford Indigenous people rights to occupy private property or necessarily, any rights to occupy any area of land within the Native Title area. It is in fact the weakest form of property ownership.  

It acknowledges in law that a First Nations group has enduring rights and interests in an area because of their prior occupation of this continent. This does not include ‘alienated’ land i.e. private property, and does not necessarily include leasehold or other title arrangements (National Parks etc). It may enable an Indigenous group to hunt, fish, gather or conduct ceremony on Native Title land and in some cases, erect dwellings (depending on the other current uses of the land). In some more remote areas they may be granted ‘exclusive possession’ of unalienated Crown Land, where they have always lived. It is absurd to imply that tourism sites, public beaches or towns would be impacted by such a ruling on the Sunshine Coast.  

More details from the ABC here

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