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Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Quandamooka Country

The Queensland Government has been working with the Quandamooka people to deliver various environmental, economic and cultural initiatives and projects for Minjerribah and Quandamooka Country.

The Quandamooka People are the recognised First Nations custodians of lands and waters within the Moreton Bay region.

Their Native title rights and interests over the land and waters of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) were recognised by the Federal Court on 4 July 2011. Quandamooka native title was recognised for Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) on 27 November 2019.

Visit the Department of Environment and Science for more information on native title for Minjerribah and Mulgumpin.

What is native title?

Native title recognises the pre-existing rights and interests of Indigenous people over land and waters under their traditional laws and customs that may continue today.

Native title was first recognised by the High Court in 1992 following the Mabo case, and the Native Title Act was enacted in 1993 by the Federal Parliament.

A registered native title body corporate manages the recognised native title rights and interests on behalf of the native title holders. The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) acts as the agent for the Quandamooka Peoples native title rights and interests in land and sea country.

Working with the Quandamooka people

Since 2011, the Queensland Government and the Quandamooka people have worked in partnership to manage protected areas and other lands and waters on Minjerribah.

Several Queensland Government departments are responsible for delivering a range of projects and initiatives in partnership with the community and QYAC.

The projects and initiatives recognise the aspirations and values of the Quandamooka Peoples in caring for Country, creating employment and economic opportunities and promoting understanding, recognition and respect for Quandamooka culture and values.

The investment and delivery of projects will be beneficial for the local Minjerribah community and visitors to the island.

Minjerribah Futures

Minjerribah Futures consists of 25 projects supporting the successful shift from a sandmining-based economy to a strong local community that is now thriving economically, culturally and socially.

For more information on these projects, visit the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.

Our department is responsible for the delivery of one of the remaining 25 projects under Minjerribah Futures, the Gumpi Master Plan. This project consolidates the role of Gumpi (Dunwich) as the gateway to the environmental and cultural sanctuary of Minjerribah.

Minjerribah (site specific land uses) planning scheme amendment

Redland City Council – under the direction of the Planning Minister – is amending its planning scheme to give the Quandamooka people long-term certainty over 25 parcels of land on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

A temporary local planning instrument (TLPI) – made by the Planning Minister - is in place for up to two years while Redland City Council amends its planning scheme. See the plan-making dashboard for more information about amendments to the Redland City Plan.

Together, these planning changes provide important future economic, social and cultural opportunities for the Quandamooka People, including land and housing opportunities.

Visit Redland City Council for more information on the planning scheme amendment.

Last updated: 20 Dec 2023