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Erin Semmler and Jasmine Hines
Woppaburra woman Samala Cronin stands on the pristine white sand of Konomie, or North Keppel Island, watching her people be formally recognised as the area’s rightful custodians.
It is a bittersweet moment.
Ms Cronin said, “we are the only native title group to be removed from country for over 80 years and to achieve exclusive native titles rights over our country.”
The native title claim group includes descendants from Yulowa “Weerobilling”, Nellie “Ooroong-ooran”, Oyster Maggie, and Fanny Lohyse/Singh.