Bruny Island land title handed to Aboriginal community

Tasmanian Treasurer Michael Aird announced that the title to a block of historically- and culturally-significant Crown Land on Bruny Island was officially handed to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community on 3/10/06.

Mr Aird said he presented the title to the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania at an on-site ceremony, followed by a community barbecue.

“We accept, as a Government, that we must be prepared to acknowledge the wrongs of the past before we can move further forward as a united community we can all be proud of, ” said Mr Aird.

According to Mr Aird, the returned land is bordered on three sides by the Murrayfield property, which is owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation and run as a commercial farming property.

Mr Aird said the Murrayfield area had a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and was a significant place for the local indigenous community.

5 October, 2006

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