Duchess native title land claim to be decided next week

A map of the native title area at Duchess.

A map of the native title area at Duchess.

A Yulluna people native title claim for areas around Duchess is set to be decided in court next week.

Justice John Dowsett is due to deliver a consent determination in this matter in Brisbane on Monday February 20.

Duchess is located 100km south of Mount Isa in Cloncurry shire.

The claim area and determination area covers around 89,600 sq metres.

The area is the land and waters within Lot 103 on USL703 located near the town of Duchess as identified in the attached map.

On 1 June 2010, the Yulluna People applied for a determination of native title over an area of 10,000 sq metres south of Mount Isa. 

The respondents to the application were the State of Queensland, the Boulia, Cloncurry and McKinlay Shire Councils, various mining and exploration companies and 12 pastoralists.

On February 21, 2014, the parties filed an agreement seeking a consent determination and the court recognised their claim in March 2014.

The ruling gave them the right to use the land to hunt, conduct ceremonies and teach their law and customs to future generations.