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AUTHORISATION MEETING FOR A PROPOSED NATIVE TITLE DETERMINATION APPLICATION

31/1/2024

This notice is to advise that Cape York Land Council (CYLC) will hold a pre-authorisation meeting on Wednesday 14 February 2024 in Cairns to discuss the proposed authorisation process for the Kunjen Olkol Native Title Group to authorise the proposed s87A native title agreement for a determination of native title over the Kunjen Olkol claim area and for a determination of native title over the Kunjen Olkol areas jointly held with neighbouring native title groups as shown on the map below.

A determination of native title involves a decision of the Federal Court. Determination of native title means that the Federal Court determines (1) who holds native title; (2) what the native title rights are; (3) the area to which the native title rights apply after any determination is made; and (4) which corporation will represent the members of the determined native title group. Following the pre-authorisation meeting on Wednesday 14 February 2024, there will be a meeting to authorise the s87A native title agreement on Tuesday 27 February 2024, where the Kunjen Olkol Native Title Group will consider whether to authorise the proposed agreement for a determination of native title. If the Native Title Group decides in the affirmative, the determination will then be sought in the Federal Court.

Who is invited to attend the meetings?

The meetings are open to all persons who are descended by birth, or adoption in accordance with traditional law and custom, from one or more of the following apical ancestors:

  1. Maggie Johnson
  2. Kitty (wife of Bob Sellars)
  3. Bob Sellars
  4. Dick Callaghan
  5. Topsy Callaghan
  6. Frank Yam
  7. Frank (father of Jimmy Koolatah, Coglin Dick and

Kunjen Dick)

  1. Bob Banjo Gordon
  2. Charlie (father of Jack Burton)
  3. Willie Johnson (aka Jack Johnson)
  4. Mo Billy (mother of Billy Flower and Goggleye)
  5. Nellie (mother of Ada Lyall)
  1. Mosquito
  2. Herbert Miller
  3. Tommy McKenzie
  4. Annie Burns (aka Annie Massey/Lawrence)
  5. Brumby (aka Jack Brumby)
  6. Charlie (spouse of Topsy/Bessie)
  7. Jimmy “Jack” Lefthand (aka Jack Dunbar)
  8. Maggie (mother of Annie Ah Sam)
  9. Nancy Gordon (spouse of Jack Burton)
  10. Tommy Ketchup (spouse of Nellie)
  11. Nellie (spouse of Tommy Ketchup)
  12. Hector Reynolds

Any person who is a descendant of one or more of the apical ancestors listed above is invited to attend these meetings. Please contact CYLC if you would like to confirm whether you are a descendant of one or more of the apical ancestors listed above and so entitled to attend the meeting.

The meeting will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2023

Venue: Rydges Esplanade, 209-217 Abbott St, Cairns

Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

The location and time of the authorisation meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2024 will be publicly notified and notices will be sent out to all members of the Native Title Group with contact details on the CYLC database. Please contact us on free call number 1800 623... or by mobile phone on 0488 702... or by email sdorante@cylc.org.au to update your details.

For travel assistance or to confirm attendance or for any other questions about this notice, please contact Sana Dorante before Tuesday 6 February 2024 on free call number 1800 623... or mobile phone on 0488 702... or by email sdorante@cylc.org.au Note that there is limited funding available for travel assistance.

Video-conferencing

Video-conferencing facilities will be made available at the meeting. If you would like CYLC to arrange a video-conference from your location into the meeting, whether you live at the location of the meeting or elsewhere, please contact CYLC on the number above.

Cairns 4872

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