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We have been working towards a land tenure reform process with the twin aims of delivering land justice to Indigenous Traditional Owners, and protecting high conservation value lands across the Cape York Peninsula, since 1975.
The Cape York Peninsula is an area with unique environmental and cultural values. ACF has worked over a number of decades to actively support Indigenous communities through land tenure processes, application for World Heritage listing and strong Indigenous community partnerships.
In September 2011, we welcomed the Federal Government's announcement of $23 million of government support for better conservation, cultural and social outcomes for Cape York.
The $23 million package includes $20 million for the continued acquisition of properties of natural and cultural significance through the Cape York tenure resolution process and $3 million for community consultation towards a possible World Heritage listing for Cape York, with the consent of Traditional Owners.
Land tenure reform, arising from conservation and Indigenous cooperation, has seen the return of 1,500,716 hectares of land through 13 different Indigenous land trusts
Cape York Peninsula is one of the largest pristine regions in Australia. It contains 140,000 square kilometres of internationally significant intact woodland, grassland, beach and rainforest and is home to rich, living Indigenous culture.
"The announcement recognises the important role of Traditional Owners in community consultation and appropriate engagement processes and their connection and expertise in land and sea management,” said Leah Talbot, ACF’s Cape York Program Officer.
"This federal government funding will help make Traditional Owners central to future decisions about and for the people and the environment of Cape York Peninsula.”
Read more about our ongoing work protecting Cape York Peninsula.