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Normanby catchment story

The catchment stories present a story using real maps that can be interrogated, zoomed in and moved to explore the area in more detail. They are used to take users through multiple maps, images and videos to provide engaging, in-depth information.

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is part of a series of catchment stories prepared for Queensland.

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Normanby catchment story – Traditional Owners

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Traditional Owners The Queensland Government recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) area and have a continuing connection to their land and sea country. The word ‘Bama’ (pronounced Bumma) is widely used throughout Far North Queensland by Aboriginal people to refer to an Aboriginal person in general. You will often see the term used when referring to a tribe or group.

Main image. Scar tree - provided by Robbie Burns ©Queensland Government.

Normanby Catchment

In the Normanby catchment there are many language groups including Guugu Yimidhirr, Kuku Yalanji, Koko Warra, Lama Lama, Mutumui and Olkola. Land within the Normanby catchment falls within the ‘Cape York United Number One Claim’ (One Claim) Native Title claim. This claim captures Native Title for all claimable land within Cape York that may not yet have had a determination. Within the catchment area there is a new class of protected area called ’national park Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land (CYPAL)’. Existing Cape York Peninsula national parks, Aboriginal land and Unallocated State Land in the Cape York Peninsula Region can potentially become national park (CYPAL). Some notable national parks (CYPAL) include Rinyirru (Lakefield), Muundhi (Jack River), Melsonby (Gaarraay).

Last updated: 13 October 2017

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2017) Normanby catchment story – Traditional Owners, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

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