What it means to be Cultural Heritage Body for Gold Coast region

Jabree Ltd is the body appointed by the Yugambeh people to deal with Aboriginal cultural heritage for the Gold Coast region.

Our authority is also recognised under Queensland legislation.

Under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003, a cultural heritage body serves as the first point of contact for cultural heritage matters relevant to a particular area and community.

Becoming the registered cultural heritage body for the Gold Coast region – a geographic area that extends across the Gold Coast City, Logan City and Scenic Rim Council boundaries – was no small feat.

Jabree was registered as the cultural heritage body for the Gold Coast in March 2011, however as the following timeline shows, the administrative process for formal recognition and authority over this region began years earlier.

On 5 September 2006, a Native Title Claim for the same geographic area was filed in the Federal Court by and for the Yugambeh people. The claim was registered on the Register of Native Title Claims from 23 September 2010 to 18 December 2013.

Mr Wesley Aird, Director of Jabree Ltd, helped facilitate the application process for the Gold Coast Native Title Group, and subsequently facilitated the registration process for Jabree Ltd under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003.

To become the registered cultural heritage body, Jabree Ltd needed to:

  • Be registered as a corporation;
  • Prepare and submit an evidence-based application for the geographic area to the Queensland Government;
  • Demonstrate that the registered native title claimants agree with Jabree’s application; and
  • Demonstrate Jabree’s capacity to carry out the functions of a cultural heritage body, including details of the service we provide, and an outline of our business operations including facilities and staffing.

We are proud of our achievements. We continue to proactively engage with a range of stakeholders across the Gold Coast region to ensure our rights and interests are genuinely represented and appropriately considered in planning and development for the region.

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