Jabalbina excited by tourism plan
ADVENTURE tourism could be coming to Kuku Yalanji lands in the Douglas and Cook Shires, with Jabalbina recently hosting a roundtable to discuss the potential of the idea in Mossman.
Jabalbina, Cook and Douglas shire representatives, representatives from Tourism Port Douglas Daintree, Parks and Wildlife, the Wet Tropics Management Authority and trail planning company World Trail all met to explore the possibilities and economic development that adventure tourism could open up for traditional owners.
“It was a very positive meeting – everyone could see the tremendous opportunity in developing Yalanji trails,” said chief executive of Jabalbina, Jim Turnour, who hosted the roundtable.
“Everyone can see that this is a no-brainer for economic development – it will create enormous employment opportunities.”
Mr Turnour said the meeting was the first step in realising adventure tourism on Yalanji land, but “whatever happens Jabalbina is committed to realising some opportunities in the next 12 months” by working on campsites and trails.
“Jabalbina is really looking to Australian Government to support economic development on Yalanji country.
“Development on Aboriginal land is complex with negotiations to be had with Traditional Owners and agreements struck, the development of infrastructure that meets environmental and cultural standards in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area as well as the normal requirements to develop the markets and run the business,” said Mr Turnour.
Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation holds in trust significant lands and Native Title Rights on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owners between Port Douglas and Cooktown.
“There are significant opportunities to develop adventure tourism including mountain bike or walking trails within these lands. These will leverage broader tourism opportunities for not only Yalanji people but non-indigenous people.
Jim Turnour said there was potential to run trails through most of the Yalanji land between Port Douglas and Cooktown held in trust with Jabalbina, pictured above in pink, yellow and green.