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WARRAL AND ULUI CLAIM GROUP MEETING

30/3/2024
 

WARRAL AND ULUI CLAIM GROUP MEETING

For members in Cairns

Saturday, 20 April 2024 12:30pm to 4:30pm

The Benson Hotel, 50 Grafton Street, Cairns

All Badulgal, Mualgal and Kaurareg persons who live in Cairns or are able to come to Cairns, are invited to this claimant information meeting.

The meeting is about the Warral & Ului native title claim in the Federal Court (QUD 9 of 2019 - Badugal, Mualgal and Kaurareg Peoples).

It is called by the lawyers for the claim with support from Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council (GBK), the Native Title Service Provider for Torres Strait. Information meetings have already been held on Moa, Badu and Horn Island.

The lawyers for the claim will be present to discuss:

  • What the court has said about native title on Warral and Ului;
  • The next steps towards determination of the claim;
  • Nomination of a PBC. There are two options: either create a new PBC or nominate the Badu Ar Mua Migi Lagal TSI RTNBC (already the shared islands PBC). The Applicant intends to nominate Badu Ar Mua Migi Lagal TSI RTNBC; and
  • Proposal for a customary rights agreement to also apply on Warral and Ului.

This meeting is planned to provide information only and no decisions will be made at this meeting. However, the claim is nearing determination and important decisions will soon need to be made by the claimants. Therefore, please share this notice as widely as possible.

To receive more information or register your interest to attend the Information Session and/or the Authorisation Meeting, please contact the Native Title Office of the GBK via nativetitle@gbk.org.au or ring Frank David on 0408 711... .


PUBLIC NOTICE
INFORMATION SESSION & AUTHORISATION MEETING
for
Badulgal, Mualgal and Kaurareg Peoples
about the Warral and Ului native title claim (QUD 9 of 2019)


Badulgal, Mualgal and Kaurareg Peoples are invited to two important meetings on Thursday Island on 26 April (Information Session) and 27 April 2024 (Authorisation Meeting).

Background
The meetings are about the native title claim over Warral and Ului which was filed in 2002 in the Federal Court (as shown in the map below), on behalf of the Badulgal, Mualgal and Kaurareg Peoples (Federal Court number QUD9/2019) (Warral and Ului Claim).

In February 2023, a judge of the Federal Court decided that Badulgal and Mualgal People hold native title rights and interests on Warral and Ului. The Warral and Ului claim is now ready to be determined.

The meetings are about authorising the determination of the claim, including appointing a Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) which is to manage the native title rights for the Badugal and Mualgal People.

The details of the meetings are as follows:

1. Meeting: Information Session
To assist the claimants for Warral and Ului to prepare for and to make informed decisions at the Authorisation Meeting, an Information Session will be held as follows:
DATE: 26 April 2024
TIME: Registration from 9.30am for a 10.00am start.
VENUE: Port Kennedy Hall, 66 Douglas Street, Thursday Island

The Information Session will explain:
a) The Federal Court’s decision of February 2023;
b) The people to be recognised as holding native title rights and interests on Warral and Ului;
c) The native title rights and interests to be recognised as existing on Warral and Ului;
d) The nomination of the Badu Ar Mua Migi Lagal (TSI) Corporation RNTBC (the PBC for the shared islands) as also the PBC for Warral and Ului; and
e) The proposal for an agreement to recognise the Kaurareg People’s customary rights over Warral and Ului.

The Information Session is open to the same persons who are invited to the Authorisation Meeting in the NOTICE below.

2. Meeting: Authorisation Meeting |
THIS NOTICE INVITES all descendants by birth, or adoption in accordance with traditional laws and customs, of one or more of the following ancestors:

(a) Badulgal: Getawan, Sagul, Uria, Baira, Inor, Zimoia, Newar, Sagigi, Jawa, Wairu, Paipe, Waria, Kamui, Mabua, Laza, Gainab, Walit, Namagoin, Mariget, Bazi, Ugarie, Karud, Dauwadi, Gizu, Aupau and Zarzar; and

(b) Mualgal: Dadu, Gaia (also known as Gai), Goba, Jack Moa, Kanai (son of Bamar), Koia, Kulka, Kupad, Maga (father of Gema, Babun, Dawai, Bapi and Magena), Maiamaia, Nukau, Samukie, Tuku, Waina,

referred to in this notice as the proposed native title rights holding group

AS WELL AS Kaurareg People

to attend a native title authorisation meeting at the time, date and location below:

DATE: 27 April 2024
TIME: Registration from 9.00am for a 9.30am start.
VENUE: Port Kennedy Hall, 66 Douglas Street, Thursday Island

Purpose of Authorisation Meeting
The Badulgal, Mualgal and Kaurareg People at the Authorisation Meeting will be:
• Receiving information and legal advice from the Warral and Ului claim laywers; and
• Asked to consider whether to authorise a determination of native title in favour of the native title rights holding group which will o recognise native title rights and interests over the lands and waters of Warral and Ului above the high-water mark (see map), being:
▪ Lot 170 on Plan CP846897 Warral (Hawkesbury) Island
▪ Lot 177 on Plan TS279 Ului (West) Island
▪ Lot 178 on Plan TS279
▪ Lot 179 on Plan TS279
▪ Lot 180 on Plan TS279
▪ Lot 181 on Plan TS279
o describe how those rights and interests will be held.

What else will the meeting consider?
At the Authorisation Meeting, the attendees will also consider:

1. the nomination of Badu Ar Mua Migi Lagal (TSI) Corporation RNTBC as the prescribed body corporate to hold native title rights and interests on trust for the native title rights holding group; and

2. the terms of an agreement which recognises the customary rights of the Kaurareg People over Warral and Ului and which would be recognised in the determination of native title as an “other interest”.

This is an important meeting for Badulgal, Mualgal and Kaurareg People. Decisions will be made by those attending the Authorisation Meeting regarding the matters considered, which will be binding on all Badulgal, Mualgal and Kaurareg People even if they are not present.

Registering your interest
To receive more information or register your interest to attend the Information Session and/or the Authorisation Meeting, please contact the Native Title Office of the GBK via nativetitle@gbk.org.au or ring Frank David on 0408 711... .

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.


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