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Crocodiles in plague proportions in North Queensland and KAP is moving laws to reduce numbers

In response to a public outcry, Katters Australia Party is drafting legislation to remove or cull crocodiles in northern waterways after a spate of savage attacks on tourists and residents.

The recent death of a spearfisherman and the mauling of a man at Innisfail by crocodiles prompted a series of public meetings called by the Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth to gauge public support for crocodile removal, culling, egg collection and safari hunting.

Meetings were held last week at Mareeba, Innisfail and Port Douglas.

At the Mareeba meeting Mr Knuth said the attacks had been given international media coverage and tourists were now cancelling visits to the Far North because they were frightened of being attacked by a salt water crocodile.

Former deputy Mayor of Mareeba Shire, Evan McGrath spoke of crocodiles close to the town and how farmers had been menaced by them when checking their water pumps in creeks and channels.

He said crocodiles had been seen in irrigation channels and the Barron River near his farm. “Their numbers are out of control in areas where crocodiles have never been seen before.”

Crocs eat crocs or humans in the Far North. KAP is drafting legislation to reduce the runaway numbers of dangerous crocodiles in North Queensland

“Enough is enough,” Mr Knuth told a supportive audience of more than 100 residents.

“We have to bring the numbers back under control. Over the past 40 years since croc shooting finished the numbers have exploded and crocs no longer fear man and they have become cheeky and not afraid to attack people or domestic animals.”

A three metre long photo backdrop of a crocodile with a kelpie in its mouth reminded the audience of the audacity and savagery of a crocodile eating a pet dog near Innisfail two weeks ago, greatly upsetting the dog’s young owner.

Supporting the KAP legislation was the Chairman of Cape York Peninsula Land Council Richie Ahmat who suggested a truck load of large crocs should be taken from a local crocodile farm and dropped into the Brisbane River.

“Then we would see some action,” Mr Ahmat quipped.

Former Gulf area cattle station manager Jack Fraser told the meeting the excessive number of crocs in the vast Lower Gulf district were out of hand and should be culled as a matter of urgency.

He said several years ago a large crocodile on a cattle station was found dead on a riverbank. It was cut open to reveal 60 plastic cattle ear tags in its stomach.

“Sixty ear tags represents a loss to the station of about $60,000 worth of stock on today’s market,” Mr Fraser said.

Member for Kennedy Bob Katter received thunderous applause when he stated the obvious: “The Brisbane Government does not care a less about North Queenslanders and it is time we looked after our own problems.

“Home rule is across the world and like Brexit, North Queensland must now take a stance,” referring to a new State of North Queensland.

Member for Mt Isa Robbie Katter said he would present a bill to State Parliament in the May sittings to address runaway crocodile numbers that were of grave danger to the public.

He alluded to making unchecked crocodile attacks a precursor to blocking the May budget should the Labor Government not support his bill.

Meanwhile the Independent Member for Cook, Billy Gordon, did not attend either the Mareeba or Port Douglas meetings held in his electorate.

On his Facebook page after the meetings Mr Gordon claimed he would not be supporting the crocodile removal legislation because he had not been invited to either the Mareeba or Port Douglas meetings.

“The needs of my electorate are quite substantive, the areas of health, education, telecommunications….and tourism are of primary concern to me,” the post said.

“It’s on these issues that hard- nosed negotiations should be had on.

“As a matter of public record I have not been invited to or included in meetings in both Mareeba and Port Douglas to advocate for culling of crocs.”

A KAP spokesman said today Mr Gordon’s office was contacted early on Tuesday morning by staff inviting him to the meeting.

“On Wednesday morning his office put in an apology telling us they were unsure if Mr Gordon would attend,” the spokesman said.

“A meeting flyer was emailed to his office. KAP contacted his staff who said they were unable to send a representative to the meeting.

“KAP staff also left a message on his phone,” the spokesman said.

Mr Gordon is believed to be in Melbourne and was unable to be contacted for comment.

At the Mareeba forum, local Labor Party stalwart Duncan McInnes said most Aboriginal communities and Traditional Owners he had spoken to supported the proposed legislation.

A landmine roadblock for northern development

The fate of a $210 million road construction project near Weipa remains in limbo while protracted negotiations between the Cape York Land Council and the State Government continue behind closed doors.

In spite of tenders being called more than three months ago no contractor has been announced with time running out to complete the Mein Deviation bitumen sealing before the wet season begins.

The Land Council has demanded that an Indigenous Land Use Agreement be registered over a part of the Peninsula Development Road network giving it control of all future road works.

Included in the list of demands is a 1000 per cent increase in royalties paid to indigenous groups for gravel taken from ‘borrow pits’ along the road.

The holding up of road works by the Land Council has not been supported across Cape York Peninsula by some alienated indigenous groups and Traditional Owners who have been left out of initial negotiations.

Jack Wilkie Jans

Deputy Chairman of Cape York Sustainable Futures Jack Wilkie-Jans condemned the Cape York Land Council for its attempt to control the Peninsula Development Road

Cape York Sustainable Futures Deputy Chairman Jack Wilkie-Jans launched a scathing attack against the Land Council claiming it is “divisive and all about segregation.”

Mr Wilkie-Jans is a Traditional Owner from Mapoon on the Western Cape who says “enough is enough.”

“The Land Council is just introducing a tax not a royalty scheme which is an abuse of their position on the PDR that will not benefit Traditional Owners,” Mr Wilkie Jans said.

“I am extremely disappointed in the way the government has laid down and let this (road) project be stopped.

“The Land Council wants to grab control of the PDR because they have filed an ambit claim with nine claimants over all of Cape York not already claimed or decided.

Noel Peason

Noel Peason
“Puppet Master”

“There would be many more than nine and there is no cultural precedent to surrender governance to different groups.”

He said he could not understand how Noel Pearson( founder of Cape York Partnership) had a monopoly on the only voice heard by government.

Billy Gordon MP

Billy Gordon MP “Silent

“The Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch and Member for Cook Billy Gordon should have a position on the PDR but their silence is inexcusable, damaging and very telling.”

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey remains hopeful a solution can be found after a closed meeting of indigenous stakeholders to discuss the impasse was rescheduled by the Land Council from July 15 to July 28 and 29 to be held at the Colonial Club Resort in Cairns.

“Indigenous employment, training and business engagement are critical components of the project and we will continue to work closely with the land council, traditional owners and native title applicants to deliver this important project,” Mr Bailey said.

“We hope to announce a tenderer soon for the Mein Deviation, which will upgrade and seal a 29km section of the Peninsula Development Road, north of Coen.”

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott says Land Council control of the Peninsula Development Road will be a landmine bottleneck for development.

“Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott says Land Council control of the Peninsula Development Road will be a landmine bottleneck for development”

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said he had been advised the new ILUA map released by the Land Council had dropped all Cook Shire-controlled roads, with the disputed section now beginning at Laura and terminating at Weipa.

“We have made our position pretty clear and we have been too hard to deal with,” Cr Scott said.

“I spoke to Fiona Simpson (Shadow Main Roads Minister) who said she would take the matter up with the Premier.

“Giving control of this section of the PDR to the Land Council will be a landmine roadblock for northern development,” Cr Scott said.

Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson has expressed dismay that the road works have not yet started.

“The government has put this into the ‘too hard basket’ because it should not be too hard to fix,” she said.

“There are legal mechanisms to deal with native title and there is only a short window of opportunity to deal with it before the wet season.

If the project was not resolved in the near future Ms Simpson said there could be opportunities at the Budget Estimates hearings in August to question the Minister.

The CYLC and Member for Cook Billy Gordon have not responded to requests for comment.

Cape York Land Council may soon charge entry into Cape York Peninsula

by Robert J Lee

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Four wheel drive enthusiasts, pastoralists, transport companies and tourists may soon have to pay a toll to drive on the Peninsula Development Road after the Cape York Land Council this week indicated it would pursue an Indigenous Land Use Agreement over the entire Peninsula Development Road and the Telegraph Track.

Not only has the land council laid down the gauntlet to all Australians, but its move has jeopardised the construction of a $220 million bitumen road upgrade near Weipa.

The Main Roads Department has been struggling for five weeks to deal with an intransigent land council and its representatives, who have demanded extravagant royalties for gravel and prohibited the taking of any water from permanent rivers, dams or springs.

The legality of the road network grab, according to land council sources comes via an ambit land claim (see illustration) placed over the entire Peninsula in December, covering 146,390 square kilometres.

It is the largest single land claim ever lodged in Australian history

When coupled with the 53,990 square kms already determined on the Cape, all land and inland waters of Cape York will be either determined as native title, or under claim.

Cairns News in 2003 was given a copy of a map of the Peninsula that shows a proposed Aboriginal state taking in all land north of the 16th Parallel.

This ambit claim was lodged in December, with nine token claimants, Mike Ross, Silva Blanco, Wayne Butcher (Mayor of Lockhart River), James Creek, Clarry Flinders, Jonathan Korkaktain, Philip Port, Hogan Shortjoe and Reginald Williams.

And when added to the vast areas transferred to Aboriginal ownership under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (QLD), all significant activity on the Cape will require the consent of the Traditional Owners.

This includes mining and other major projects.

“This means the Traditional Owners of the Cape will be the real masters of development and use of their lands,” said Riche Ah Mat, Chairman of the Cape York Land Council.

Richie Ahmat, Chairman of the Cape York Land Council and unofficial mouthpiece for Noel Pearson

“Traditional Owners can now reconnect with country, and also ensure we can use our lands so our futures are bright with economic opportunity, not blighted by continued welfare dependence.”

Meanwhile northern pastoralists, development associations, tourist bodies and other affected groups are sharpening their swords to engage the CYLC head on.

This story will be regularly updated – editor

Greens party not interested in stopping coal seam gas, the morons are only after vote money

Labor benefits from Green and PUP preferences

by Robert J Lee

Coal seam gas and open cut coal mining on the way to Cape York

Clive Palmer and the Greens share first place for screwing up the chances of Independents and the Katter party winning seats at Saturday’s election. The hopeless nitwits of the Greens, usually off in weed-induced fairyland actually believe their fruit-loop Senators or other parliamentary members will do something about halting the coal seam gas scourge that is ruining water supplies and some of the best farm land and in Australia.

Christine Milne, Tasmania – Janet Rice, Victoria – Rachel Siewert, WA

Scott Ludlum WA – Penny Wright, SA – Lee Rhiannon, NSW

Richard di Natale, Victoria – Larissa Waters, Queensland

Pictures: Some of the Malthusian Green Party Senators clambering for Queensland taxpayer’s funds

But the Queensland Greens Party is primarily after the lucrative $2.90 per vote handed out by the Queensland Electoral Commission, compliments of the taxpayer. The Greens how to vote card gave closet CSG supporters, the Labor Party number two. Conversely the ALP card did the same. Most of the arm draggers of the Greens are too stupid to know their megalomaniacal idol and one-time Premier, now American citizen Peter Beattie actually started CSG in Queensland when he handed out hundreds of exploration permits to foreign CSG companies ten years ago. Beattie, of course was handsomely rewarded for his efforts and has a share portfolio that would be the envy of Macquarie Bank.

At an anti-CSG meeting Bob Katter told Cairns News 12 months ago he had presented a Bill in Federal Parliament to place a moratorium on CSG exploration and drilling until its environmental effects could be properly assessed by competent authorities. This Bill has been widely publicised. Where are the Greens? What has Queensland Green senator Larissa Waters ever done to stop CSG. Nothing!

It is now overwhelmingly apparent the pagan Greens have no interest in halting the CSG industry. The party’s claims of helping the environment fly in the face of reality.

 

The ETU, CYLC, Balkanu and Bill Gordon

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Billy Gordon

The Electrical Trades Union claims it dispatched 6000 of its drones from Melbourne, Tasmania and New South Wales to converge on polling booths and towns across the state. In the electorate of Cook that stretches from the PNG border to Mareeba(60klm west of Cairns), ETU minions adorned with their red Billy Gordon(ALP) T shirts clutching ‘no sale of assets’ green signs assisted indigenous candidate and now Member for Cook Bill Gordon with his election campaign. The ETU assailed the inhabitants of Thursday Island, Bamaga and Aurukun with their presence and dominance at pre-polling centres in communities across the top of Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait. What policy deals have been done between the ETU, Bill Gordon, the Greens and the dodgy Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu, are not yet evident.

What is evident however, in true ALP style, is that a bus load of indigenous rent-a-vote people was seen arriving at the Mareeba pre-polling centre to vote, evidently for Bill Gordon. How this crowd was able to bypass the new identification requirement of the Electoral Commission is not yet known.

The sad part of the Cape York Peninsula result is that rank-and-file Aborigines, duped by the CYLC and Balkanu believe that their plight might change with the election of CLYC puppet, Bill Gordon. Nothing could be further from the truth. When in government the ALP shut down the Peninsula with Wild Rivers and other Green ideology. The ALP and then the LNP allowed the CYLC and Balkanu to manipulate communities and their leaders, depriving them of funds intended to lift the living standards of its languishing people.

The federal government handed self-appointed indigenous leader Noel Pearson $22 million for his pet school curriculum, that none of the communities seem to want. If that was not enough the Liberals dished out a further $8 million to another of Pearson’s private companies for a training program.

The Greens have demonised coal mining, the backbone of the Queensland economy, claiming runoff from coal mining, hundreds of kilometres inland, somehow finds its way to the Great Barrier Reef, more than 50 kilometres off the coastline. The Environmental Protection Act disallows run off from any mine site and according to independent geologists, seldom occurs.

The brain-dead Greens know little about the importance of thousands of years of soil run-off during the wet season. This important natural occurrence provides the sediment for upper estuaries, nurturing mangroves and fish breeding grounds. The Greens omit to mention that Gladstone Harbour, like other coastal ecosystems has a permanent oil slick. Shale-oil runoff from Kerosene Creek and shale-oil beds along the upper reaches of the Calliope River seep into the waterways that feed Gladstone harbour. This has been occurring for several thousand years, ever since the shale oil beds formed.

What will these knuckleheads do about this natural phenomena?

Sarah Hanson Young, SA – Adam Bandt, Vic MHR – Peter Whish Wilson, Tasmania

Pictures: Some of the arm-dragging Green Neanderthals

 

 

Palmer gets wrecker of the year award

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Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer should get the wrecker of the year award for standing candidates in 50 seats, neutering the KAP and independent candidates. PUP’s best result was eight percent, predicted by most observers who said PUP would not gain one seat. Palmer has turned out to be the secret weapon of the Labor Party. He did not care if he trashed KAP or independents, he just wanted the LNP and Campbell Newman’s scalps. But he took votes from those independents with similar policies to PUP,  caring less about the economic fate of business or households.

Should Palmer’s antagonism towards the Liberals not dissipate over the next three years, and if he has the financial resources, can we expect a similar fiasco next time around?

Militant Murris start a big fire on Cape York Peninsula

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Robert J Lee in Cairns

bulldustThree Community Cabinet meetings, hundreds of thousands of dollars in hand-outs to sporting clubs, millions for council beautification works and Main Roads projects done on the cheap will not change the hostile community attitude towards the Member for Cook  David Kempton and will not help him hold his seat.

Multi-million dollar grazing property purchases handed over to indigenous corporations, construction of useless walking and pushbike tracks and the demolition of valuable rail assets will drive the final nail into the box of the former Cooktown land rights solicitor.

Liberal Party sources say they know the writing is on the wall for their short-lived domination of the Far Northern electorate which stretches from just north of Atherton to the Papua New Guinea border.

Traditional Owners from communities across Cape York Peninsula say they are infuriated with the performance of Mr Kempton.

Likewise community leaders from southern parts of the electorate which will be the subject of a future article.

“Where are our jobs?” demanded an angry Traditional Owner from Injinoo.

Two outspoken indigenous community leaders have targeted the Liberal Party and Mr Kempton for “under the table deals” with foreign mining companies and inaction over the removal of Alcohol Management Plans that he promised before the last election.

Others are speaking out about the ‘freehold’ housing deal offered to some communities with conditions that are impossible to meet.

David Kempton

Self-appointed national indigenous spokesman Noel Pearson is believed to be “totally pissed off” with Kempton because of his “back door deals” between various community groups, which undercut the influence and domination by the Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu over varous community groups.

Cairns News is being careful not to specifically identify the issues that have alienated the Liberals from the CYLC and its “jobs for the boys” program, suffice to say the latest land grab over the entire Peninsula by the CYLC and its nominees has inflamed a turf war among competing groups that will be impossible to extinguish.

Another cop-out at Bamaga by the LNP and Mr Kempton will bring down the roof when it hits the national news bulletin.

Predictions by pastoralists of the 80’s and 90’s have begun to take shape as the State and Federal Governments further dispossess white pastoralists of their generational holdings and hand them over to Aborigines.

It goes without saying that abandoned indigenous cattle grazing enterprises have been the bane of the northern cattle industry and the shame of governments pandering to indigenous pressure groups who simply want to live “on country”.

Gone forever is an integral part of the Far Northern breeding herd and gone forever is proven white stewardship of the fragile Peninsula grazing environment.

Former Peninsula leaders predicted the invisible and sticky fingers of the CYLC would eventually control the entire area north of Lakeland.

The late Harvey Schwenke of ‘Strathmay Station’ and former Peninsula Cattlemans Union chairman created controversy 15 years ago when he said the Land Council would one day control the entire Peninsula.

“They will fence across the lower boundary between Lakeland and Laura, place a gate on the Peninsula Development Road and charge entry to any white people wanting to enter,” Mr Schwenke told a Cairns reporter of the time.

It is notable that ‘Strathmay Station’ was one of five large cattle properties recently handed over to an indigenous group.

Just who will replace the Liberal Party on the Peninsula is anyone’s guess but a tip from Cairns News: “Keep an eye on Katters Australian Party candidate Lee Marriott,” a Cape York Peninsula native from Lakeland.

For more information read Cairns News December 12, Entire Cape York Peninsula soon to be owned by Cape York Land Council

Entire Cape York Peninsula soon to be owned by Cape York Land Council

Largest ever single native title claim LODGED IN FEDERAL COURT

Friday December 12

In Brisbane’s Federal Court yesterday the Cape York Land Council (CYLC) lodged the largest single native title claim in Australian history, covering 14.6 million hectares or 146,390 square kilometres.

The claim on behalf of nine Traditional Owners is for all the unclaimed land and inland waters for the entirety of Cape York. The applicants are Mike Ross, Silva Blanco, Wayne Butcher (Mayor of Lockhart River), James Creek, Clarry Flinders, Jonathan Korkaktain, Philip Port, Hogan Shortjoe and Reginald Williams.

When coupled with the 53,990 square kms already determined on the Cape, all land and inland waters of Cape York will be either determined as native title, or under claim.

The entire Cape York Peninsula has been claimed by the indigenous-owned Cape York Land Council. The CYLC has in the past been accused of financial irregularities and entrenched corruption. An auditor’s report recommended the CYLC be prosecuted for corruption several years ago but was buried by the then Liberal Government. Cairns News believes it is time for the report to be published. An article will appear on Cairns News in due course.

And when added to the vast areas transferred to Aboriginal ownership under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (QLD), all significant activity on the Cape will require the consent of the Traditional Owners.

This includes mining and other major projects.

“This means the Traditional Owners of the Cape will be the real masters of development and use of their lands,” said Riche Ah Mat, Chairman of the Cape York Land Council.

“Traditional Owners can now reconnect with country, and also ensure we can use our lands so our futures are bright with economic opportunity, not blighted by continued welfare dependence.”

Applicant and Mayor of Lockhart River, Wayne Butcher, said it was a great day for the Cape’s traditional owners.

“I acknowledge the hard work of our elders,” he said.“We have lost too many elders during our struggle. The single claim will mean we can get our rights before we lose any more. We are one people, and we will continue the fight together.

“This claim ensures that traditional owners of each area continue to speak for their traditional lands.”

Elder and chair of the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation, Mike Ross, said the claim would ensure traditional owners across the Cape had a real say in what happened on their traditional lands.

“The Cape is under lots of pressure from mining and other interests, and it is important that traditional owners stand up and make decisions on the future uses of their lands.

“Coupled with the transfer of freehold, this native title claim makes our historic ties to the land clear.”

CYLC has undertaken an extensive consultation process to have this enormous claim authorised according to the requirements of the Native Title Act 1993, and will continue to consult with Traditional Owners.

CYLC has already commenced the consultation process with other stakeholders, including the QLD Government and shire councils.

Mr Ah Mat said there was no reason why the outcome of the claim could not be a win-win for all Cape York people and organisations.

“This can provide enormous efficiencies for Traditional Owners, miners, government and other stakeholders,” he said.

CYLC is working to ensure it is in a position to efficiently process the anticipated increase in the number of applications from developers, tourism operators, miners and governments for activities affecting native title.

Native Title grant great loss to cattle industry

Largest ‘pig pen’ and ‘tinder box’ in the world

The hand-over of five large cattle properties covering 633,630 hectares (1,565,066 acres) to the Olkola Aboriginal group and national parks will have a significant, harmful impact on the Far North cattle industry according to a remaining grazier on Cape York Peninsula.

Strathmay, Crosbie, Dixie, Wulpan and Killarney all former breeding properties ran a combined 20,000 head of cows and calves vital to the survival of the northern industry.

A surviving cattle producer, who declined to be named said the transfer of ownership was a tragedy for the industry which had been in decline for years due to previous losses of dozens of Pastoral Holdings to national parks when leases fell due.

To date more than 3.2million hectares of the once vibrant Cape York Peninsula have been given to Aboriginal Prescribed Body Corporations and parks.

“A lot of this started with the Labor Party government and has been continued by the Liberals which is having a bad effect on the few of us left here,” the grazier said.

“Thirty years ago the Peninsula used to run up to a million head and was a strong and vibrant industry that could be relied on to breed steers for the Mareeba saleyards and then the live export market, but now the saleyards has lost most of its store numbers and not many store cattle buyers come to the sale.

“There are no successful indigenous-owned cattle properties on the Peninsula right now because they are so poorly managed and do not have the ability to source adequate finance to stock these places.

“Even if there were large numbers of breeders available for sale experience shows southern or western cattle cannot acclimatise if taken to Peninsula properties.

“There have been cases where thousands of introduced cattle have perished over the years because of the harsh and unique grazing environment up here.

“Now that we have lost tens of thousands of our breeder stock I doubt the Peninsula will ever again become a source of reliable store cattle available for southern fattening properties.”

Deputy chairwoman of the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation, Elaine Price said it would be a proud occasion when the properties are formally handed over on December 10 in Cooktown.

“The younger industry may be happier to do tourism rather than the cattle industry because the cattle industry’s so hard today. It will be nice for us to have our family back on country,” Mrs Price told the Cairns Post.

The Cape York Peninsula Land Use Study (CYPLUS) of the 1980’s recommended the larger Cape York Peninsula area be converted to national park or Aboriginal ownership and this plan has been almost achieved.

“The Peninsula will now become the biggest pig pen and tinder box in the world,” the grazier said.

Another rewarded Pearson company riles indigenous leaders

A shelf company formed in July this year, Cape York Employment Pty Ltd, with Richie Ahmat, Noel Pearson and South African Duncan Murray as directors, has been awarded training contracts by the federal government under the new Remote Jobs and Communities Program for Cape York Peninsula.

Prior to the federal election Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced a $5m grant to further develop a plan, ‘Empowered Communities’ devised by Cairns indigenous leader Noel Pearson.

This program is causing widespread derision amongst Cape York Peninsula communities. Five community Mayors issued a joint statement, condemning Pearson soon after media reports of Abbott’s promise to appoint Pearson as his private indigenous affairs advisor.

Numerous communities have told Pearson not to interfere with their affairs and not to impose his culture upon them.

It will be interesting to gauge Abbott’s reaction to the adversity towards his long-time friend Noel Pearson. Abbott, to his credit makes an annual visit to Cape York communities to assist in teaching at schools so he should have a good grasp on the worsening situation enabling him to propose a solution.

Cairns News has been contacted by several indigenous leaders who remain steadfastly opposed to any dealings with the Pearsons’ or Richie Ahmat.

The training contracts awarded to Pearson and Ahmat, the Chairman of Cape York Land Council, might well be the straw that breaks the dugong’s back in this last outpost. from Robert J Lee in Cairns

Cape York Indigenous groups in revolt over Pearson appointment as LNP advisor

Eight mayors in far north Queensland’s Cape York region have launched a scathing attack on Indigenous leader Noel Pearson, saying they want him less involved in their affairs.

Noel PearsonIn a joint statement, eight mayors including those from Aurukun, Mapoon, Lockhart River, Kowanyama, Aurukun, Napranum and the Northern Peninsula area, say they did not want Mr Pearson to have any more control over funding, policy or service delivery on Cape York.

The criticisms targeted Mr Pearson’s schooling methodology, the alleged lack of transparency in awarding a job provider contract to his Cape York Institute, as well as his newly launched ‘Empowered Communities’ blueprint, which is aimed at improving the way money is spent in Indigenous communities.

The blueprint, was first mentioned in the media 10 days ago and launched by Mr Pearson and Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott four days later in Sydney.

The mayors have written to Mr Abbott saying they were dismayed to receive what they describe as a “policy directive” via the media.

Napranum Mayor Philemon Mene says Mr Pearson never consulted local government leaders about the plan.

“Work with us, rather than trying to be the Mayor of Cape York,” he said.

He says governments should directly fund councils to run community programs, rather than going through Mr Pearson’s organisations.

Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher says he wants his position to be respected.

“You’d think the best people to make any decision over addressing social issues in our community is the community themselves,” he said.

Mr Wayne Butcher and five other mayors have written to Mr Abbott describing their dismay at learning of the plan via the media.

“There needs to be some understanding there is leadership now on the ground,” he said.

“The thing is we have to wake up every morning to the social issues in our community.

“You’d think the best people to make any decision over addressing social issues in our community is the community themselves.

“But that hasn’t been the case for such a long time.”

The ABC has sought a response from Mr Abbott’s office.

Mr Pearson declined to comment.-from ABC