Feb 27, 2024

Monday 11 March 2024

Cape York Land Council (CYLC) has been engaged by the State of Queensland to facilitate information and decision-making meetings in relation to a World Heritage Tentative Listing for some areas of the Cape York Peninsula.

On 8 February 2024, CYLC facilitated an information meeting with the Ayapathu Native Title group to provide:

  • information on World Heritage and the Tentative Listing process;
  • an opportunity to meet with and ask questions of representatives of the State of Queensland and the Commonwealth; and
  • discuss the next steps in the engagement process and the potential Tentative Listing of Ayapathu Native Title country.

The next step in the engagement process is a decision-making meeting, which will be held on Monday 11 March 2024 in Coen with the Ayapathu Native Title group.

Purpose of the meeting:

The purpose of this decision-making meeting is for the Ayapathu Native Title group to decide whether or not they agree to certain areas of Ayapathu country being included in the World Heritage Tentative List Submission for parts of the Cape York Peninsula.

Who is invited to attend the meetings?

The meeting is open to all Ayapathu People. The Ayapathu People are those Aboriginal persons who are descended by birth, or by adoption in accordance with the traditional laws acknowledged and the traditional customs observed by the Ayapathu group, from one or more of the following apical ancestors:

  1. Albert Bluewater;
  2. Kitty (wife of Peter Coleman);
  3. Jack Ebagoola;
  4. Rosie Ebagoola (aka Rosie Massey) (wife of Paddy Nyakum);
  5. Kathleen (Kuu’iy) Huddy (spouse of Tom Huddy);
  6. Nellie Jinkan/ Jenkins;
  7. Nellie King (Kaakunydyingu);
  8. Kitty (spouse of Tommy Walwal);
  9. Jinny Long (aka Jinny Bandfoot/Bamford) (wife of Willy Long);
  10. Rosie (Kaithempa);
  11. Willie Long (aka Willie Bandfoot/Bamford) (spouse of Jinny Long);
  12. Mailman (aka Gilbert Ahlers);
  13. Old Paddy (aka Paddy Kennedy) (Nyakum);
  14. Young Paddy (spouse of Annie ‘Thumupalu’ Laurie aka Massey);
  15. Nellie Puller;
  16. Maggie (mother of George Rocky 2);
  17. Rosie (mother’s mother of Willy and Lukin Harold);
  18. Shortjoe (Manpungka);
  19. Tommy Walwal;
  20. Charlie Whiteford/Whitefoot/Whitewood;
  21. Annie ‘Thumupalu’ Laurie aka Massey (spouse of Young Paddy);
  22. Friday Bush; or
  23. Mother of Jack Shephard.

The meeting will be held as follows:

Date: Monday 11 March 2024
Venue: Wunthulpu Centre, Coen
Time: 12:30am – 2:00pm

If you have any queries about this meeting or to confirm your attendance whether in person or via phone or video-link, please contact Kathrine Scott before Monday 4 March 2024 at CYLC on free call number 1800 623 548 or by email

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