Traditional Owners of Quandamooka Country, which includes much of southern Moreton Bay, want political parties to state their positions on key issues before the 25 November state election.
Political parties are being asked to indicate support for a range of projects and issues which will help the Quandamooka People pursue sustainable economic development. There is a clear focus on North Stradbroke Island but some opportunities involving Moreton Island and Peel Island are also mentioned.
Plans for investment at Toondah Harbour, the mainland terminal for ferries to North Stradbroke Island, are not raised at all in the list of policy questions for political parties.
Quandamooka Country election issues
Issues raised by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) include:
- Finalising native title and cultural heritage agreements for Quandamooka Country which includes Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) and the Quandamooka Coast (from the Brisbane River mouth to the Logan River mouth).
- Assisting with provision of basic services such as power, sanitation, water, drainage, roads at and to the One Mile settlement near Dunwich at an estimated cost of $20 million over three years.
- Supporting an application for World Heritage Area listing with a grant of $100,000 in 2018 for QYAC to prepare a report.
- Including QYAC in all salt and fresh water management processes and companies operating on Quandamooka Country and accessing Quandamooka water resources. And agreeing to implement a Quandamooka Strategic Water Reserve on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).
- Extending Minjerribah’s (North Stradbroke Island) national park indigenous management arrangements to the Moreton Island National Park in 2018, with a budget commitment of $1.8 million per annum.
- QYAC wants the current Economic Transition Strategy for North Stradbroke Island to be maintained, with Stage II funding to complete identified Stage I projects, once they have completed the evaluation and planning stage.
Other commitments sought by QYAC include:
- No re-planning, including rezoning and waterfront development, is made for Goompi (Dunwich) without the express agreement of QYAC
- Expansion of Minjerribah Camping to deliver camping services and 4WD permits on other national parks across Quandamooka Country, including Peel Island and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island).
- Funding for construction of the Minjerribah Cultural Centre at an estimated cost of $5 million.
Political parties have been asked to respond to QYAC By 20 November.
Here is a link to the QYAC document:
What is Quandamooka Country?
Quandamooka Country comprises the waters and lands of and around Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), the southern Moreton Bay islands and South Stradbroke Island.
It includes the mainland from the mouth of the Brisbane River, Wynnum, Chandler, Lytton, Belmont, Tingalpa, south to Cleveland and the Logan River.
Parts of Quandamooka “Country” exist in four Queensland local government areas – the Brisbane City Council, Redland City Council, Logan City Council and Gold Coast City Council.