Hundreds of Aboriginal people have gathered in a peaceful protest calling for the Lawn Hill Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company, located 300kms north of Camooweal in far north-east QLD, to be returned to the Waanyi people.
The protest - led by the Waanyi Prescribed Bodies Corporate Chairman Alec Doomadgee – is calling for 100% Waanyi ownership of the Lawn Hill and Riversleigh pastoral properties. Currently the property is jointly owned but the Waanyi PBC has the majority share.
Agreements and contracts drawn up with the creation of the ‘Lawn Hill Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company’ state the ownership should now be 100% Waanyi owned. The Waanyi Peoples want these contracts to be correctly honoured for multiple reasons, notably they are not seeing economic benefits from the land, the land has not been cared for and Waanyi are unable to use the land for cultural practices.
The ‘Sitting Rock Protest’ is being held near the farm house where 40 pairs of Waanyi peoples ears were once displayed as killing trophies… a dark reminder of the massacre days of Western QLD.
To find out more about the history of the agreements, and to hear what its like at Lawn Hill, CAAMA’s Teghan Hughes spoke with Waanyi PBC Chairman - Alec Doomadgee…and asked him whats going on...