Outraged locals lash out after being blocked from accessing their favourite beach – after a local Aboriginal group’s successful native title claim

  • The Butchulla people’s were granted native title in 2019
  • The native title cuts off thoroughfare to a beach 

Residents are unhappy claiming they are unable to access a nearby beach after an Indigenous community was granted native title rights over the strip of sand.

Access to the Burrum Heads beach on Queensland‘s Fraser Coast, north of Brisbane, was closed off by the Butchulla people after a native title grant of 100,000ha of land and ocean in 2019.

The native title determination includes a section designated as ‘exclusive use’, including some coastal foreshore and a car park which separate Burrum Heads residents from the beach.

Branches and mesh now cover the entrance to the car park and thoroughfare to the beach.

The restricted access to the beach comes after reports of a dispute over trespassing during Australia Day celebrations in the area.

A small community in Queensland, Burrow Heads, is in the midst of a dispute between the Indigenous people's and residents after their native title grant cut access to a beach (pictured)

A small community in Queensland, Burrow Heads, is in the midst of a dispute between the Indigenous people’s and residents after their native title grant cut access to a beach (pictured) 

The Butchulla people’s connection to the land and sea was recognised after a 2019 special Federal Court determination was handed down.

The determination reserves 17,129 hectares of land in the area to be used exclusively by the Indigenous peoples, while non-exclusive native title rights and interests apply to more than 79,608 hectares of land.

Following the most recent conflict, the area’s Federal MP, Keith Pitt, claimed that ‘a number of concerned Burrum Heads residents contacted my office about an area of land under native title’.

‘It has resulted in restricted access to the beach and older constituents being chased off the beach,’ the Nationals MP told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I contacted both the local state MP and the Fraser Coast Regional Council about the concerns raised with me and to find out what steps were being taken to address the situation. 

‘The council advised it is working with the state government to understand how the land can be used and by whom. 

‘Every Australian is expected to abide by Australian laws and regulations, without exception.’

According to Liberal MP for Hinkley, Keith Pitt, older residents have been 'chased off' the beach (pictured) as disputes have escalated

According to Liberal MP for Hinkley, Keith Pitt, older residents have been ‘chased off’ the beach (pictured) as disputes have escalated 

The Butchulla people were granted around 100,000 hectares of land and sea in 2019, 17,129 hectares of which is exclusive to the Butchulla Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, including part of the foreshore at Burrum Heads

The Butchulla people were granted around 100,000 hectares of land and sea in 2019, 17,129 hectares of which is exclusive to the Butchulla Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, including part of the foreshore at Burrum Heads

Associate Professor at Griffith Law School, Kate Galloway, told the Courier Mail that while residents may be disappointed, an exclusive rights determination gives native title holders’ property rights.

According to Queensland’s Resources Department, using the land without permission from the native title holders is not permitted. 

A negotiation process would have to be undertaken with the corporation to reach a land use agreement.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the Butchulla Native Title Aboriginal Corporation for comment.



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