Skeleton posted on Point Lookout headland in protest of QYAC's Stradbroke whale centre

YALINGBILA: A human skeleton was posted on the headland in opposition to the proposed whale centre.
YALINGBILA: A human skeleton was posted on the headland in opposition to the proposed whale centre.

A FAKE human skeleton has been posted at the Point Lookout headland by a group opposed to a whale interpretive centre planned for the site.

The centre is set to feature the 15-metre skeleton of a humpback whale which washed ashore in 2011, but protesters said the creature was sacred and should not be displayed.

"The whale, yalingbila, is our kin. This could be your father, your mother, your grandmother, grandfather, sibling, not treated with the respect or dignity they (deserve). When whales die at sea, they are buried at sea."

Head of QYAC Cameron Costello said there had been extensive consultation since 2011. Quandamooka elders had conducted a cultural smoking ceremony for the whale bones.

"Culturally, the Quandamooka people have publicly displayed whales bones for many years ... without any complaint. We continue to deal with the whale bones in a culturally respectful manner."

Protesters said the smoking ceremony did not make displaying the whale bones acceptable. More than 25,000 people had signed a petition opposing the project.

"The island community ... do not want the centre built at the proposed location. So many of their questions remain unanswered and concerns ignored. We do not want it to ruin the grazing land of the kangaroos that live here and we absolutely do not want the remains of the sacred Yalingbila displayed."

Mr Costello said the petition was outdated and the concerns it raised had been addressed.

"QYAC is pleased that the final design reflects the feedback that the community has provided. It is unfortunate that the petition continues to be circulated ... without the actual proposed designs or fact sheets attached. It was also unfortunate that on Facebook people were putting false images of two-storey buildings on the headland."

QYAC has requested a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation, which would streamline some approval processes. Infrastructure designation decisions cannot be appealed.

People can make submissions to the Infrastructure Department by February 18.