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) and covering 1,839 square kilometres, was handed over to the Mapoon people by the Queensland Government. The trustees included several traditional owners. The Mapoon lands continue to be administered by trustees appointed by the Queensland Government. The trustees work in conjunction with the Mapoon Aboriginal Council.
Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council – Annual Report 2012 - 2013 For more information please contact your council.
In 1974 several former Mapoon families returned to Old Mapoon, aided by a Commonwealth grant. The settlement was officially returned to the Aboriginal people in 1989. In 2002 the Mapoon Aboriginal Council.
It was viewed by local people that the Aboriginal residents' houses were burnt to the ground to prevent the residents returning, however government reports state some houses were burnt due to their dangerous and verminous condition. Many residents were unhappy at Bamaga, at one of the nearby communities now known as New Mapoon. Over the following years, many moved back to (Old) Mapoon and eventually the government provided new housing. The Mapoon Aboriginal Council.