An Indigenous community in Cape York in far north Queensland is to become the first in the state to lease deeds of grant in trust land to clan groups.
A Hope Vale Aboriginal corporation has been set up, with representatives from 13 traditional owner groups to allocate land title.
The State Government has granted the corporation control of 110,000 hectares of land, excluding the Hope Vale town area.
Traditional owner Erica Deeral says some clans will use the leased land for traditional hunting and gathering and others are planning tourism and farming ventures.
“Times are changing now, so we’ve got to look for our kids and the future generations,” she said.
Ms Deeral says it has taken 24 years since the issue of deeds of grant for people to gain control of their country.
“We’ve taken that long to get to where we are now, you know at the table negotiating with our own people like our own traditional owners from this area,” she said.