AUTHORISATION MEETING FOR A NATIVE TITLE DETERMINATION AGREEMENT Olkola Native Title Group Cape York United # 1 Native Title Claim (QUD673/2014)

Feb 19, 2024

Thursday 29 February 2024
DoubleTree By Hilton, Cairns

Cape York Land Council (CYLC) will hold a decision-making meeting on Thursday 29 February 2024 in Cairns for the Olkola Native Title Group to consider whether to authorise proposed native title agreements under s.87A of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA) for consent determinations of native title over Olkola People’s native title country as shown on the map below. This area is inclusive of areas where the native title will be jointly held by the Olkola People and the Kowanyama and Kunjen Olkol People Native Title Groups as described on the map below.

A determination of native title involves a decision of the Federal Court. Determination of native title means that the Federal Court determines (1) who holds native title; (2) what the native title rights are; (3) the area to which the native title rights apply after any determination is made; and (4) which corporation will represent the members of the determined native title group. If the meeting on Thursday 29 February 2024 authorises the s.87A native title agreements, the determination will then be sought in the Federal Court. The Court has listed a hearing for a consent determination on 10-11 July 2024 for the area bordered with a thick line on the map above.

A copy of the proposed s.87A native title agreements for a determination of native title for the areas shown on the map above will be available at the meeting on Thursday 29 February 2024. At the request of the people who constitute the Applicant in the Cape York United Number 1 Native Title Claim, CYLC staff and consultants will be in attendance at the meeting to be available to explain matters such as the meaning and effect of the proposed agreement. Any person attending the meeting will be able to ask questions about the proposed agreements and state their views about the proposed agreements.

Who is invited to attend the meetings?

The meetings are open to all Olkola People, being the descendants by birth, or adoption in accordance with Olkola traditional law and custom, of one or more of the following apical ancestors:

  1. Willie Johnson (aka Jack Johnson)
  2. Parry (father of Linda Long and grandfather of Albert Upton)
  3. Charlie (spouse of Topsy/Bessie)
  4. Old Man Barney Dockerty
  5. Mosquito Upton
  6. Long Jim Coleman
  7. Johnson Upton
  8. Charlie Gunnawarra
  9. Jimmy Long (aka Brasso/Basil)
  10. Polly (spouse of Mustard)
  11. Mustard
  12. Nellie Musgrave
  13. Bally (father of Lucy Long)
  14. Old Man Bally (Oto aka Possum Bally)
  15. Bally Upton
  16. Ngoingum
  17. Theresa Upton aka Awundayi
  18. Old Man Boxer
  19. Mary Callaghan (spouse of Jack McIvor)
  20. Jack Spratt
  21. Old Man Saturday (aka Jimmy Thompson)
  22. Frank Yam
  23. Charlie Sugarbag and Charlie Crocodile (siblings)
  24. Willie Long aka Willie Bandfoot/Bamford (spouse of Jinny Long)
  25. Sandy (spouse of Nellie/Lily)
  26. Georgina Lee Cheu Snr
  27. Paddy Cook
  28. George Dockerty (spouse of Rosie)
  29. Rosie (spouse of George Dockerty)
  30. Charlie (father of Linda Bob)
  31. Nellie (mother of Linda Bob)
  32. Old Lady Molly Long (aka Molly Barney)
  33. Kitty (Starlight) (subject to approval of the Olkola Native Title Group at the pre-authorisation meeting on 15 February 2024)

Any person who is a descendant of one or more of the apical ancestors listed above is invited to attend these meetings. Please contact CYLC if you would like to confirm whether you are a descendant of one or more of the apical ancestors listed above and so entitled to attend the meeting.

The meeting will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday 29 February 2023
Venue: DoubleTree By Hilton, 121-123 Esplanade, Cairns
Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm


Video-conferencing facilities will be made available at the meeting. If you would like CYLC to arrange a video-conference from your location into the meeting, whether you live at the location of the meeting or elsewhere, please contact CYLC on the number above.

Purpose of the Authorisation Meeting

The purpose of the Authorisation Meeting on Thursday 29 February 2024 is to decide whether or not to approve the proposed s.87A native title agreements for a consent determination of native title for the areas shown on the map above. The agenda of the meeting will be to consider whether the persons present:

  • agree and adopt a decision-making process;
  • agree to the proposed s.87A agreement for a determination of native title;
  • agree to the continuation of existing Indigenous Land Use Agreements under s.199C of the NTA;
  • agree to nominate a corporation to represent the native title holders identified in the proposed agreement for a determination of native title over the proposed determination area;
  • if a decision is made to incorporate the proposed corporation, agree to make a decision (1) to approve the rules of the proposed corporation, (2) to identify who will be the initial directors and contact person for the proposed corporation, and (3) to authorise one or more named persons to apply to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations to register the proposed corporation; and
  • authorise the Principal Legal Officer of CYLC to nominate the proposed corporation in writing to the Federal Court for it to be the prescribed body corporate under s.56(2)(a) & (b) of the NTA for the proposed determination of native title.


For travel assistance or to confirm attendance or for any other questions about this notice, please contact Sana Dorante before Wednesday 21 February 2024 on free call number 1800 623 548 or by email

Note that there is limited funding available for travel assistance.

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