THe omac story
Mapoon Land has had a traumatic recent history. In 2001, then Premier Beattie apologised on behalf of the people of Queensland for the events that led to the 1963 forced removal of all residents of Mapoon, and the burning of their homes. He described the events as “a blight on the history of the State”.
The town of Mapoon is now home to many native title holders and Aboriginal people particularly concerned with the land, as that term is defined in the Aboriginal Land Act. Those people have returned to Mapoon and rebuilt the community. Native title has been recognised over much of the Mapoon Land, which OMAC has has played a significant role in supporting.
OMAC aims to ensure the Aboriginal people from Mapoon and surrounding areas have access to their country, to share their culture with future generations and to ensure that their country is protected.
Formed in 2012, OMAC are a registered charity and are trustees of over 175,400 hectares of land around Mapoon.