Correcting ALP error regarding One Mile responsibilities

A statement by Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin that Redland City Council was responsible for infrastructure on State Government land at One Mile on North Stradbroke Island was an error, Mayor Karen Williams said today.

Cr Williams this afternoon advised Mr Mulherin of his error that appeared in his letter to Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) dated 28 January 2015.

“Unfortunately Mr Mulherin’s letter shows a lack of understanding about the One Mile area.

“One Mile is State Government land and has been for many, many years. It is part of the 2011 Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) that the former ALP state government signed with the Quandamooka people – a very important agreement.

“To write a letter only days from an election advising that the residents of Redland City would bear the cost of this infrastructure, which could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, is unacceptable.

“Our Council simply could not afford to pay that and nor has it ever been expected to – it is State Government land and this responsibility should not be passed to local ratepayers.”

“I spoke to Mr Mulherin and I look forward to him correcting this on the record.”

A number of Quandamooka families reside at One Mile on State Government land that does not have basic public infrastructure including running water, sewage, roads, stormwater or electricity.

It is an issue Cr Williams has been lobbying the State Government about since becoming Mayor in 2012.

One thought on “Correcting ALP error regarding One Mile responsibilities

  1. Cameron Costello

    The Mayor is correct and I am happy to advise that the ALP has reviewed its position as the current landholder and agreed to work with QYAC and Council on this issue if it were to be elected. The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation looks forward to working with whoever is in power to address the over 70 years of disregard for Quandamooka People’s rights (and repeated requests) to basic services that were denied them when they were forcibly moved to One Mile as cheap labour.

    Cameron Costello, QYAC CEO


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