The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) represents the Quandamooka People who are the traditional owners of North Stradbroke Island.
QYAC has issued this media release ahead of the Queensland election on 31 January 2015.
QYAC Media Release:
Labor and Greens commit to Quandamooka (North Stradbroke Island) Traditional Owners:
Promise to repeal ‘disgraceful’ mining legislation
$20M promised for Economic Transition from mining
QYAC wrote to all major parties seeking support for addressing infrastructure at the One Mile, good faith implementation of joint management of the National Park, and a significant funding commitment to economic transition from sand mining.
In its reply letter Labor’s Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tim Mulherin stated:
The Labor opposition voted against the Newman Government’s North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Amendment Bill 2013 which is one of the grossest abuses of the Parliament and democratic process in Queensland’s History.
This bill contained Sibelco branded maps of mining lease areas in the legislation, was drafted in accordance with a briefing note provided by Sibelco to the Newman Government with each and every demand met, and was defended using an economic analysis produced entirely by Sibelco, that was branded as that of the department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning.
This legislation followed $91,840 in electoral support being provided by Sibelco to the Premier in his seat of Ashgrove at the 2012 election, which Sibelco had initially failed to declare to the Electoral Commission of Queensland. Queensland Labor will act to mmediately repeal the disgraceful North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Amendment Bill 2013. Queensland Labor also commits to early and close consultation with the Quandamooka Peoples on any future decision relating to the management of mining leases on North Stradbroke Island.
QYAC CEO Cameron Costello welcomed the commitment:
“We are currently in the High Court over this issue and so it would save both traditional owners and tax payers significant money. This would also restore some integrity and good faith in dealings with Traditional Owners that has been significantly damaged by the current government’s treatment of the Quandamooka People. The commitments by Labor and the Greens demonstrate a clear mark of respect and courtesy.” Mr Costello said.
“This injection would be significant in providing immediate action in progressing infrastructure and tourism projects for the island, and be used to leverage Commonwealth funding.” Mr Costello said.
Labor and the Greens also committed to:
- Addressing good faith issues with the senior government officials in the implementation of the Indigenous Management Agreement for the Naree Budjong Djarra National Park on Minjerribah including continued employment of its Indigenous Joint Management Coordinator; and
- Working to redress the 60 years of neglected basic water, sewerage, electricity and waste removal infrastructure services for the One Mile Quandamooka residents who were moved there by government for cheap labour in the 1940’s.
“The Quandamooka People are working very diligently to create a better future for our children’s children. If we are to close the gap, we need government to work positively with us, not undermine our rights, suppress our voices and lack good faith in their dealings with us as we move forward.” Mr Costello said.
Despite a follow up email QYAC received no response from the Premiers Office to its requests.
Local Cleveland MP Mark Robinson said he considered it a privilege to serve the Quandamooka families of North Stradbroke Island and that as the Co-Chair of the LNP’s new Economic Transition Group he would take QYAC’s requests through the ETG process.
For further information here are copies of:
- Alan Jones NewsTalk 4BC: January 27, 2015 – audio player. Sibelco segment (exert from 13min to 18min).
- BrisbaneTimes article (June 12, 2014) – Sibelco’s influence on sand mining policy should go to CMC: Barrister