LAST month, the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation took tenure of 211 ha of land in Cape York, including the abandoned Pajinka Resort and it is reported that Chinese investors are negotiating with the Traditional Owners to purchase the land.
KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter shares the concerns of Northern Peninsula Area Mayor, Eddie Newman, that a takeover of the resort by offshore Chinese investors would lead to a dire situation for the Traditional Owners, and would be a major national security threat for Australia.
“I have been reliably informed that Chinese buyers have visited the northern tip of Cape York on at least two occasions to inspect the abandoned resort, with a particular interest in photographing the northern rugged coastline,” Mr Katter said.
“Concerns raised by Mayor Eddie Newman are that due to no consultation there has been no safeguards for local jobs and no reassurance that the profits will actually go back into the local community.”
Options for rebuilding the resort will be discussed at the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation’s annual general meeting tomorrow, Friday December 6.
“Why would they want the most northern point of Australia? The closest point to Papua New Guinea,” asked Mr Katter.
“There are numerous questions here and I would think the answers are pretty ugly.”
Mr Katter has taken the step of meeting with Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, who has the power to block such foreign investment if it were to proceed.
“Losing control of the Torres Straits would be a national security disaster,” Mr Katter said.
“They’ve already handed over the Port of Darwin and given away the Ord in Western Australia. Almost every big cattle aggregation is foreign owned.
“The defence and security of this nation is precipitation for extreme anger in the United States and, infinitely more importantly, for every Australian who is just simply fed up with watching day after day the sell off of their country.
“The suits are parading around saying isn’t this foreign investment marvellous, but one day they’ll wake up in
a country that isn’t their own.”
by Jim O’Toole
The bloodless coup by communist China taking over Darwin Port seems set to continue as Chinese nationals move onto the Tip of Cape York Peninsula.
On a second visit to the Tip this week Chinese interests were shown the ruins of Pajinka Resort, nestled on about 700 acres of mostly undeveloped land , by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wymarra tribe.
Local Aboriginal elders and genuine traditional owners for the area are aghast China could buy the three Perpetual Leases should the Department of Natural Resources allow the local government authority which holds the title in trust to be transferred.
A local Islander identity assisting the delegation, has applied to have the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council transfer the lease into his name, which, according to local Aborigines, would allow it to be on-sold to Chinese interests.
A lease in perpetuity has no expiry date which means it can be held indefinitely.
The potential Chinese buyers have been reported taking photographs of the entire area including the rugged northern coastline sparking great security concerns.
It is believed state and federal authorities too are concerned about the Chinese delegation getting their hands on such a valuable and strategic site.
The Wymarra delegation has been proposing a new resort complete with a Greg Norman-designed golf course within sight of the iconic Tip.
Three men, two Afghani and one Nigerian nationals have been found wandering on a beach near Bamaga at the tip of Cape York Peninsula.
On December 27 last year a local businessman discovered the illegal immigrants walking past his premises dragging a suitcase.
The astonished resident said he asked the bedraggled refugees how they arrived at the beach and to where they intended to go.
“They told me they were heading for the town of Bamaga to catch a bus to Cairns and paid $400 each to a fisherman to drop them at the Tip,” the source said.
“They said they had got to Papua New Guinea through West Irian Jaya and paid to get onto a small boat to cross Torres Strait.
“Of course there is no bus service from here so it would be difficult for them to get to the south.”
The trio was picked up by local police after another resident reported their presence.
“The police sent them to Manus Island detention centre by helicopter.
“Those who saw the men were asked to keep quiet about their arrival.”