This determination arose from a claim made in June 1996 on behalf of 11 Hopevale clans. These clans were later joined by two other clans. Together they agreed to form a body called the Hopevale Congress of Clans, comprising one representative of each of the clans. Following a series of mediations, several internal issues between the applicants were resolved. In particular, the delimitation of some clan boundaries was agreed upon.
Both the state of Queensland and the Hopevale Aboriginal Council recognised that the Congress of Clans was an appropriate body to claim native title. This recognition was formalised in a Deed of Agreement, created between May and November 2007. This recognition was important as the land being claimed had been granted to the Hopevale Aboriginal Council in 1986 to be held on trust for the Aboriginal inhabitants. All parties agreed to recognise the Gamaay’s native title rights and interests. This agreement was affirmed and approved by the Federal Court in December 2007.
Public documents can be accessed through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) website.
Mr Timothy McGreen (Chairperson)
Mr Harold Bowen
Ms Kathryn Dora Gibson
Ms Katherine Gibson
Mr Clarence Bowen
Ms Barbara Darkan
Mr Lloyd Bambie
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