Quandamooka elders meet Deputy Premier Jackie Trad over North Stradbroke Island's economic transition strategy

MEETING: Quandamooka elders meet with Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad about the North Stradbroke Island economic transition strategy.
MEETING: Quandamooka elders meet with Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad about the North Stradbroke Island economic transition strategy.

QUANDAMOOKA elders have met with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in a show of support for the state government's economic transition strategy for Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

Elder and native title applicant Uncle Bob Anderson said the group had representatives of most of the 12 Quandamooka families recognised by the Federal Court.

"The deputy premier listened to us and was sincere and genuine in her commitment to work with QYAC to deliver many great projects for Minjerribah," he said.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Cameron Costello said the majority of Quandamooka elders and families supported the strategy and were excited about projects like the art, museum and performance institute and the Yalingbila Bibula whale shelter.

"The elders acknowledged that a vocal minority of Quandamooka community members are not supportive but that is natural in all communities," Mr Costello said.

"The ETS has produced great jobs for rangers who are creating new walking trails for tourism and protecting our beautiful environment. It is supporting the growth of the Quandamooka Festival and has enabled our Yalingbila Tours whale watching experience to commence and inject new investment into the island economy."

Mr Costello said many of the elders had shared how they had taken part in the early consultation and discussions and driven the process forward since 2010.

He said the elders stated the consultation had been lengthy and it was time to deliver outcomes.