The Plan marks the final of four identified pilot areas for preparing community development plans under the Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Land Use Agreement to be signed and presented to Traditional Owners.
The initial three pilot community development plans for Mt Amos (Trevethan district), Mungumby and Wujal Wujal communities (Kalkandamal district) were signed and presented in 2013.
The signing ceremony for the Kaba Gada Community Development Plan took place on country for the Jalunjiwarra clan who are the Traditional Owners for the area.
David Solomon, a Jalunjiwarra clan elder, welcomed attendees to country and spoke about the aspirations of his clan to move back on country and work undertaken by the group to help prepare the community development plan.
Wet Tropics executive director Scott Buchanan responded by acknowledging the Traditional Owners and their valued involvement in the process. He commended the strong partnerships formed with the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in the preparation and delivery of their community development plans.
Robyn Bellaquih, a Jabalbina director and Jalunjiwarra elder, who was also a member of the Jabalbina — Wet Tropics Management Authority team which prepared the community development plan, spoke about her experiences in the plan’s development. Robyn noted that development of the plan was her first task as a Jabalbina director and signing the plan on country was her last official function as she is now stepping down as director. Scott Buchanan thanked Robyn for her enthusiasm and drive in preparing the plan.
The community development plans are models for local government planning, and if successful, will be implemented by the remaining Traditional Owner groups participating in the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
The ceremony was followed by a site inspection of the beach and eastern parts of the Kaba Gada block.