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.”