Tasmania’s Bob Brown Foundation has joined the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in calling for the return of the takayna temperate rainforests to the palawa people, following yesterday’s announcement of the return of the Daintree tropical rainforests to their Indigenous owners.
“With Premier Gutwein looking to a treaty with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, returning takayna would help fit the bill,” Bob Brown said today. Brown has previously called for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to be handed back. His foundation has repeatedly said that the takayna/ Tarkine should be nominated for World Heritage.
“So far we’ve heard a lot of talk from the Premier about forming a Treaty with Aborigines and righting the wrongs of the past, but talk is all it has been. We are still a landless, dispossessed, and oppressed people, we want to see some action. The Premier should take a leaf out the book of the Queensland Government, who have recently announced the return of Daintree national park to the traditional owners. We call on Peter Gutwein to stop twiddling his fingers and return takayna and the TWWHA to the people it was stolen from; the palawa people of lutruwita," said Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's Nala Mansell
According to the Guardian today, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people will take formal ownership of the world heritage-listed Daintree tropical rainforest in northern Australia, after the Indigenous traditional owners reached a historic deal with the Queensland government. The Daintree national park is part of 160,108 hectares (395,467 acres) of land that will be handed back to the traditional owners at a ceremony on Wednesday at Bloomfield, north of Wujal Wujal. The handback will see the world’s oldest tropical rainforest join Australian landmarks such as Uluru and Kakadu, where First Nations peoples are the custodians of UNESCO world heritage-listed sites.