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Cape York Peninsula — 15 million hectares – is home to about 19,000 people.
Olkola reclaim traditional Cape York land after three-decade struggle
Cape York land handed back to traditional Olkola owners
Wild Rivers legislation repealed in Queensland as new planning laws introduced to protect rivers
Three wild rivers declarations ruled invalid
Littoral Rainforests and Coastal Vine Thickets on Cape York
World Heritage Site Proposal
World Heritage uncertainty blankets Cape York
Mayors stall heritage call
Cape York closer to World Heritage listing
Cape York heritage bid branded political
Cape York World Heritage plan draws fire – Carins Post
World Heritage push for Cape York – Sydney Morning Herald
Proposed World Heritage listing for Cape York
Elsewhere on the Web
capeyorkweekly.com.au – Facebook
Balkanu – to make, to build up (Guugu Yimithirr)
Cape York monitoring before adventure tourism leaves its mark
Cape York Sustainable Futures
Cape York Institute – Queensland State Election 2012: Sustainable Social and Economic Growth of Cape York
Mining Aurukun – Winners and losers in the history of Mining Aurukun
Indigenous leader Noel Pearson rejects calls from Indigenous elders to stop Cape York native title claim – Indigenous leader Noel Pearson has lashed out at a group of Indigenous elders who are challenging the legitimacy of Australia’s biggest native title claim.
Qld Government plan for more mining on Cape York – Environmentalists fear the Cape York Statutory Regional Plan will bring more mining and irrigated agriculture to the region.
World Heritage nomination for areas of Cape York Peninsula – Queensland Government
Cape York Peninsula is an important part of Queensland’s rich and diverse cultural and natural heritage.
The Queensland Government has recently released a discussion brochure (PDF, 5.1M) about Cape York Peninsula and World Heritage and is inviting people to get involved and have their say.
A nomination will only occur if there is Traditional Owner consent and community support.
Over the last couple of years, the government has been working with local communities and scientists to gather existing information about the region’s cultural and natural heritage values and their management needs. It has also been working with Traditional Owners to help them plan for their country, as well as consulting with stakeholders and the broader community.
The discussion brochure ‘World Heritage for Cape York Peninsula – A chance to have your say’ describes what World Heritage is and how it works and discusses issues that communities have already identified as being particularly important, such as identifying the heritage values, land management needs and land use activities.
I think we need a big discussion, nationally, of what ‘consultation’ should really entail. Here’s some thoughts as far as World Heritage goes:
1. Everyone living on Cape York should have a chance to know BOTH sides of the story. Without this they cannot make an informed decision. This means that all groups – including those opposing World Heritage – should have access to funds so they too can disseminate information, and provide balance with the glossy brochures and government department ‘workshops’ where only the government agenda is being pushed.
2. Everyone living on Cape York should be listened to and have the chance to say ‘No’. All Aboriginal people – both Traditional Owners and historical people – and all non-Indigenous people. These are the real stakeholders. For the Qld Government to now be asking all Queenslanders which areas should be nominated, is outrageous. Most Queenslanders have never set foot in Cape York, nor do they understand the issues and the environment as the people who live there do.
3. At the moment NO-ONE is listening! There is no two-way discussion. If you’re overtly against it, then the consultants doing the ‘consulting’ don’t want to talk to you. Let alone listen! They don’t want a debate, they want to fill up their quotas with a quick consent so focus on the easy targets.
If the government is serious about “consulting” rather than forcing their own agenda, then why not a series of public meetings & debates all around Cape York Peninsula, where BOTH sides are invited and have a chance to put their point of view and answer questions? – Cape York People United
The Musgrave Roadhouse is located 136 kilometers north of Laura and is halfway between Cairns and Weipa, providing an ideal resting place for visitors heading north to the Cape York Peninsula.