Two native title applications have been lodged over the Gemfields and surrounding country. Photo Contributed
Two native title applications have been lodged over the Gemfields and surrounding country. Photo Contributed Contributed

Native title claims lodged over Gemfields

TWO native title applications have been lodged over the Gemfields and surrounding country.

Residents received a notice in the mail giving them the opportunity to fight the claims and register their interest with the Federal Court.

The Western Kangoulu People have lodged an application for an area that stretches from Comet to the Willows, and from Springsure to Tieri.

The Bidjara People #7 are claiming a much larger area, spanning from as far as Longreach and Charleville, and including the Central Highlands.

Gemfields residents are outraged at the applications, banding together to get as many landholders as possible to fight the claims. They have until October 30 to register their interest with the Federal Court.

"My neighbours are very strongly indignant about it and we are trying to get as many people as possible to register their interest so this can be heard," resident Chris Shepherd said.

"My people are getting disadvantaged and why should they be - there have been no Aboriginal tribe rights here for 150 years."


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