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Traditional Owner Groups
PhoneticWak-ka Wak-ka (Wok-ka Wok-ka)
DescriptionThe Wakka Wakka people have today achieved part of the work started by past generations, for their future generations, as the Federal Court recognised their native title over almost 114,000 hectares of the Burnett region. For Traditional Owner James MiMi, one of the most significant elements of today’s Federal Court hearing in Cherbourg was achieving native title over Ban Ban Springs, a sacred site and traditional meeting place. According to Wakka Wakka legend, Ban Ban Springs was the home of the piebald eel from the days of the dreamtime and only would show itself to elders who spoke Wakka Wakka language and would surface so they could touch them.