Council signals more land rights agreements on the way

10th December 2016 2:43 PM
Bundaberg Regional Council mayor Jack Dempsey, Gladstone Regional Council mayor Matt Burnett and North Burnett mayor Rachel Chambers sign a land use agreement with the Port Curtis Coral Coast People. Bundaberg Regional Council mayor Jack Dempsey, Gladstone Regional Council mayor Matt Burnett and North Burnett mayor Rachel Chambers sign a land use agreement with the Port Curtis Coral Coast People. Tegan Annett

NORTH Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers has signalled the council could sign more historic agreements with local Aboriginal groups following an agreement with the Port Curtis Coral Coast People last week.

Cr Chambers travelled to Gladstone, along with mayors from the Bundaberg and Gladstone regional councils, on November 29 to sign the Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the PCCC.

"The council and the Port Curtis Coral Coast People will work together to recognise each other's rights and interests and to help each other meet their responsibilities," Cr Chambers said.

"The now formed committee will meet quarterly and work out how to improve job prospects, increase community involvement, provide opportunity for indigenous leadership, provide opportunities for sharing of Aboriginal language and partner in social, economic and environmental projects."

Cr Chambers said she saw this as another step towards the council creating a better region for first Australians.

"What we're doing at Ban Ban Springs, the RM Williams Centre and raising the indigenous flag are all steps in the journey of reconciliation," she said.

Cr Chambers said she was "absolutely" committed to introducing similar agreements with other Aboriginal groups.

"There are potential future arrangements in the pipeline and certainly opportunities for other ILUAs," she said.

"Council is committed to the same goals with all other groups."