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Positive talks were held in an historic meeting on Friday 14 October 2016 between Whitsunday Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council and two board members of the Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (KYMAC).
This is the first time the two neighbouring Councils have sat down together with KMYAC to discuss managing the Native Title determinations. KMYAC holds three determinations of Native title on trust on behalf of the Juru People, all of which are contained within our two regions.
Attending the meeting were respective Mayors Andrew Willcox (Whitsunday) and Lyn McLaughlin (Burdekin) with Councillors and officers from both councils along with senior state Government officials from Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the aim of the meeting was to have open discussion to build better relationships.
“We also had positive talks about how to collaboratively work on issues of common interest.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the meeting was very informative and allowed everyone to understand all the relevant issues.
“It was great that all parties were on hand to listen to the information firsthand and grasp an understanding of what is involved with Native Title determinations in our region,” she said.