Since commencing in 2008, the Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program has handed back almost 3.5 million hectares of land to an Aboriginal Corporation or Land Trust and there are now 26 jointly managed national parks on Cape York Peninsula.
Key features of jointly managed national parks include:
- National park land is owned by an Aboriginal land holding entity (either an Aboriginal Corporation or Land Trust).
- Decisions about park management are made jointly by the Aboriginal land holding entity and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).
- Work on the park is undertaken by the Aboriginal land holding entity in partnership with QPWS.
HOW ARE THE PARKS CONVERTED?
There are five main steps involved in converting the Daintree (Julaymba), Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) and Ngalba Bulal (Mt. Peter Botte) National Parks to jointly managed national parks (CYPAL). THe process will build on the work undertaken through the Native Title Determination and Indigenous Protected Area Plans. The Cape York Land Council and North Queensland Land Council will also be involved to ensure the land transfers can be certified.
Some of these steps can take time and include: