In December 2014, after an exhaustive authorisation process, lodged one of the largest single native title claims in Australia that covered the entire land and inland waters of Cape York Land Council’s representative body area.
The claim was registered in February 2015 and means that the entire representative body area of Cape York is either covered by a determination or a registered claim.
The claim enables the CYLC to engage with the state of Qld and other peak bodies to develop a comprehensive framework agreement. The framework is integrated with the regional agreements being developed by other Cape York Regional Organisations (who are also presenting complementary presentations at the conference) and will enable one of the most comprehensive settlements in Australia to date. The common theme of the integrated regional agreements is to empower traditional owners to make decisions concerning their own land and management.