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COOKTOWN NEWS RETRACTIVE ARTICLE. Thursday 19 Jan 2017

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ABORIGINAL TRADITIONAL OWNERS CELEBRATE RETURN OF CAPE YORK LAND

More than 50,000 hectares of land at Cape York has been returned to Aboriginal traditional owners, after a 22-year effort that might pave the way for further ancestral land tenure resolutions. An area of about 54,500 hectares known as Sandstone East, about 90 kilometres north-west of Cooktown, has been returned to the Binthii, Balnaggarr, Nhirrbanh, Wundall and Wunuurr clans after Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt handed over the title deeds at a ceremony at Hopevale on Wednesday. (read more in Media Releases)

PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD, CAPE YORK

The Peninsula Development Road starts at Lakeland Downs and ends at Weipa. A 558km run (see map attached). It is one of the vital transport links within the Cape. Running off the PDR just north of the Lockhart River turnoff is the other important link to the Northern Peninsula communities of Bamaga, Seisia, Umagico, New Mapoon and Injinoo. Fifteen communities will benefit from these important road networks. (read more in Latest News)