19th November 2020
During last weeks NAIDOC Week: 5-18th of November.
An Indigenous family who own 220 acres of land in Cape York broke ground to build the first Indigenous Smart City on Indigenous clan territory.
The Wymarra family who own the land, known by its local language name of Utingu, have signalled construction to start on the Indigenous Smart City.
The Indigenous Smart City known as “Wandihnu’s garden of eden” will cost up to $2.5 billion dollars to construct. Making it the most expensive development project for the Northern Pennisula Area, turning Utingu into a Province.
The Smart City is projected to stimulate economic growth in the Remote region of far north Queensland. Supporting the locals with employment and training opportunities.
“Its about Jobs and growth for us and our people living on Gudang Yadhaykenu country, at the moment we have skilled workers signing up for CDP and Centrelink because there is no work in our region, we want to change that and close our own gap of dis-advantage and poverty” Said land owner representative Alex Wymarra,
The Utingu Project is made possible with support from International investors eager to assist Australia’s Indigenous people out of economic disadvantage.
Utingu is registered in the newly formed First Nations Allodial Land Use Registry or ALUR.World
Created by Treaty Council in partnership with Land Governance experts Land Equity International.
The ALUR has made it possible for all first nation allodial land owners restricted by current Native Title laws, to now legally lease and approve land permits on Indigenous sovereign lands.
The Wymarra family & their plans for Utingu Province Have been heavily supported by the Treaty Council.
Treaty Council is the central commission for international economic assistance to all First Nation Sovereign Allodial Land owners.
While Land Equity International provide land tenure and land Governance support for First Nation Land owners.
“This is a process we are undertaking to show the worlds First Nations people what can be possible. If they get the right assistance from the people from Treaty Council and Land Equity International then all mobs can close the gap on poverty” Alex Wymarra said.
“Nicholas Thompson Wymarra from the Gudang Yadhaykenu Tribal Governing Council said “We support what our clan families want to do up here and see it as a good opportunity for jobs stimulating our local economy fitting in with NAIDOCs theme this year: Always was Always will be”.
The ‘Wandihnu garden of eden’ Indigenous Smart city ground breaking ceremony on Utingu was attended by Gudang Yadhaykenu Tribe Members, Utingu Clan Elders, Utingu Clan land owners, Gudang Yadhaykenu Tribal Council and also Treaty Council representatives.
“Always Was Always Will Be: Gudang Yadhaykenu Land”.