The Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program returns ownership and management of identified lands on Cape York Peninsula to local Aboriginal Traditional Owners, while ensuring the protection of Cape York Peninsula’s iconic natural areas and significant natural and cultural values.
Through this program, the state is changing the tenure of identified properties to Aboriginal freehold land, allowing Traditional Owners to return to live on country and pursue employment and business opportunities in land mangement, grazing, and mining.
Areas with outstanding environmental values are being dedicated as jointly managed national parks, providing for conservation, recreation and tourism. The state is also converting existing national parks to jointly managed national parks, with Aboriginal freehold as the underlying tenure.
To date, tenure resolution has been completed for 22 properties and 18 existing parks, resulting in:
Fifteen existing national parks in the Cape York Peninsula Region, covering almost 413,300 hectares, are yet to be converted to national park (CYPAL). The iconic Daintree National Park is also scheduled to be converted to jointly managed national park (CYPAL) following discussions with the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. In December 2016, more than 118,131 hectares of land including the spectacular Shelburne Bay silica sand dune fields was transferred to the Wuthathi Aboriginal Corporation and resulted in the newly created Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CPYAL).
Other key achievements of the Cape York Peninsula Tenure Resolution Program include: