The Kuuku Ya’u People of Cape York had their native title rights recognised over their traditional sea country. In a consent determination, Justice Andrew Greenwood recognised the Kuuku Ya’u People’s:

exclusive native title rights over 10 sq km of land and non-exclusive rights over about 1,970sq km of the sea on the east of Cape York Peninsula. The consent determination area includes land in the vicinity of the Portland Roads township, Rocky Island, Sandy Islet, Pigeon Island, Quoin Island National Park, Piper Islands National Park, part of Forbes Islands National Park and surrounding seas.

The Kuuku Ya’u People negotiated with the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, Cook Shire Council, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council and commercial fishing licence holders to reach the consent determination. Three indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs) were agreed to, establishing how the Kuuku Ya’u People’s rights and interests will work in the each area. The Kuuku Ya’u People are the only other Queenslander native title group to have had their sea rights recognised.

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Additional Resources

Public documents can be accessed through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) website.

Documents include:

  • Members list
  • General Reports
  • Rule Book
  • Media releases by ORIC about this organisation
  • Change of information and
  • any other documentation as required by ORIC
ORIC Website
Kuuku Ya'u Map


  • Ms Jasmine Accoom (Chairperson)
  • Mr James Bally
  • Mr Anthony Pascoe
  • Ms Beverley Pascoe
  • Ms Thelma Hobson
  • Ms Daphney Claremont

Contact Details

Kuuku Ya'u Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
Lot 16, 42 Piiramo Road

Phone: (07) 4060 7337

Mobile: 0418 168 756

Fax: (07) 4060 7327

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ICN: 7193

ABN: 22624587397

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