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Traditional Owners

The Traditional Owners in the Ipswich region are the Clans of the Yagara Language Group (the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People).

Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Ipswich City Council and the Traditional Owners in the Ipswich region have signed a formal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (PDF, 537.8 KB) comprising five parts:

  • Part 1 - Preliminary: technical information about how the agreement works.
  • Part 2 - Resolving the Native Title Claim: how local government can help resolve the Native Title Claim and how the Native Title of the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People and the interests of the local government will co-exist if the Native Title is recognised by the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Part 3 - Native Title Compliance: how certain activities of local government may affect Native Title and how those activities can be carried out validly.
  • Part 4 - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Compliance: practical measures to help protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and the enabling of the lawful carrying out of certain activities of local government that may affect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.
  • Part 5 - Other Outcomes: agreement between local government and the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People on a range of issues in order to aid the fulfillment of mutual aspirations, benefit the local community and ensure ongoing communication between the parties.

Council has committed to upholding the aspirations of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) by assisting the Traditional Owners to continue undertaking their cultural practices.

Traditional Owners Land Access Permit

Council will allow access to culturally significant locations via a Traditional Owners Land Access Permit for the purpose of enabling traditional land use activities by the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People. Locations that have been pre-approved for such use include:

  • Cameron's Scrub Reserve
  • Camira Bora Grounds
  • Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate (Harding's Paddock)
  • Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate (other areas)
  • Kholo Bridge Reserve
  • Mount Grandchester Conservation Estate
  • Redbank Rifle Range
  • White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate

A number of cultural practices have been identified:

  • Education: passing on traditional knowledge and practices
  • Harvesting: (collecting leaves, branches, bark, stone and/or ochre) for basket weaving, painting, traditional dancing or making didgeridoos, coolamons, stone tools, etc.
  • Hunting/food resources: collecting edible items
  • Men’s business
  • Women’s business
  • Yarning circle: place to share knowledge, culture and stories

To apply for a permit to access one of the locations above please fill in the online form below:

Traditional Owners Land Access Permit Application Form