Indigenous group gains Qld cattle stations

Warren Barnsley

An indigenous group in Queensland's gulf country is celebrating the impending acquisition of two cattle stations it previously shared with a mining company.

The Waanyi people have owned 51 per cent of the Lawn Hill and Riversleigh cattle stations for more than two decades, while New Century Resources has owned the remainder.

The group has struck a deal with the miner to gain complete control of the 539,000-hectare pastoral properties.

Waanyi elders say the acquisition will have commercial and environmental benefits.

"The stations are important businesses for Waanyi people and help to provide employment," elder Eunice O'Keefe said.

"The properties sit in Waanyi country, meaning Waanyi people are permitted to practice our traditional lifestyle such as camping, hunting and fishing."