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Cape York Peninsula -- 15 million hectares - more than twice the size of Tasmania - it is home to about 19,000 people.

Headlines

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Wild Rivers legislation repealed in Queensland as new planning laws introduced to protect rivers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
mining-considered-on-land-bought-by-qld-government/7570228
healthy_country_newsletter/no13-v16-interactive-final.pdf (PDF)
Fifteen-year-battle-over-for-Cape-York-native-title


Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tourism-Cape-York/141289469408311
Cape York People United
https://www.facebook.com/WesternCapeEcoTours

Twitter

@tourismcapeyork
@CapeYorkNRM
@guurrbi
@WCTTAA
https://twitter.com/andrew_picone
https://rum-jungle.com


Wikipedia

Cape York Peninsula
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey_Reef


YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/user/CapeYorkNRM

Spotlight on Aurukun

http://www.aurukun.qld.gov.au
https://www.facebook.com/AurukunShireCouncil

Tourism Portals

http://www.tourismcapeyork.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tourism-Cape-York/141289469408311

World Heritage Site Proposal

http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/32424/Community-rejects-Cape-York-Regional-Plan.html
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

Peninsula People's Forum @ Cape York 11.2012

Elsewhere on the Web

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
http://www.capeyorknrm.com.au
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2014/s3975254.htm
http://www.tangaroablue.org/resources/cape-york-management-plan.html
http://www.westerncapeecotours.com.au

Recommended Listening


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.

Government Documents

World Heritage nomination for areas of Cape York Peninsula - Queensland Government
http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/about/world/cape-york/nomination.html
http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/cape-york/index.html

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.

It also explains how people can get involved and includes a Contact and Feedback Form__ (PDF, 130K) that can be completed and returned to EHP.

Over the next year, the Queensland Government will work with Traditional Owners, local communities, stakeholders and the Australian Government to identify the heritage values that could be included in a potential World Heritage nomination and to determine how those values will be managed.

The Queensland Government encourages everyone interested to have their say and get involved. Traditional Owners from Cape York Peninsula may also be eligible for funding to do some planning for country.

A World Heritage Nomination for Cape York Peninsula 2012



Wild Rivers

Queensland has a number of river systems which have been almost untouched by development and are therefore in near natural condition, with all, or almost all, of their natural values intact. One way of preserving this valuable part of our natural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations is to designate them as ‘declared wild rivers’. In 2005, the Wild Rivers Act was passed in State Parliament. The Act provides the legislative framework for the nomination, and possible declaration, of a wild river area.

Wild Rivers - The Queensland Government's decision to gazette three Cape York waterways under its Wild Rivers legislation has outraged some indigenous leaders. Critics claim Aboriginal rights have been traded in a political deal between green groups and Labor. Is it environmental colonialism or much needed protection of some of the world's most pristine rivers? Join us for a discussion with Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson and Queensland Resources Minister Stephen Robertson.

Wild rivers - Queensland's contentious Wild Rivers laws are under renewed scrutiny. With a private member's bill before parliament aimed at overturning the laws, two separate parliamentary inquiries have been examining whether the laws impinge on traditional landowners' rights, denying them economic opportunities to protect the environment. So should the Wild Rivers laws stand or not?

Wild Rivers - Queensland Government site
Wild Rivers background
Give Us a Go
Give Us a Break
Wilderness Society of Queensland
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2009/09/19/65031_lifestyle.html
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2010/04/13/105471_local-news.html
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2010/05/24/110785_blog-thinking-allowed.html

Quotes
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

Accommodation

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.

http://www.tourismcapeyork.com/explore/western-cape/accommodation/wuungkam-lodge-and-kooth-pach-guest-house-aurukun

Wild Rivers

Queensland has a number of river systems which have been almost untouched by development and are therefore in near natural condition, with all, or almost all, of their natural values intact. One way of preserving this valuable part of our natural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations is to designate them as ‘declared wild rivers’. In 2005, the Wild Rivers Act was passed in State Parliament. The Act provides the legislative framework for the nomination, and possible declaration, of a wild river area.

Wild Rivers - The Queensland Government's decision to gazette three Cape York waterways under its Wild Rivers legislation has outraged some indigenous leaders. Critics claim Aboriginal rights have been traded in a political deal between green groups and Labor. Is it environmental colonialism or much needed protection of some of the world's most pristine rivers? Join us for a discussion with Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson and Queensland Resources Minister Stephen Robertson.

Wild rivers - Queensland's contentious Wild Rivers laws are under renewed scrutiny. With a private member's bill before parliament aimed at overturning the laws, two separate parliamentary inquiries have been examining whether the laws impinge on traditional landowners' rights, denying them economic opportunities to protect the environment. So should the Wild Rivers laws stand or not?

Wild Rivers - Queensland Government site
Wild Rivers background
Give Us a Go
Give Us a Break
Wilderness Society of Queensland
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2009/09/19/65031_lifestyle.html
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2010/04/13/105471_local-news.html
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2010/05/24/110785_blog-thinking-allowed.html


Seven Cape mayors have complained of an inadequate consultation process, saying it was pointless talking about a listing when Mr Burke had not released a map with draft boundaries. (Mayors stall heritage call)

http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/regional-planning/cape-york-regional-plan.html

World Heritage for Cape York

Queensland State Election 2012: Sustainable Social and Economic Growth of Cape York








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