On 18 September 2013, the Queensland State Government handed over approximately 750,000 hectares of land in what is one of the largest land transfers in the Governments history. The land was transferred as Aboriginal Freehold in accordance with the terms of the Native Title Act. As such it is held in trust by Ngan Aak-Kunch for the future benefit of the Wik, Wik Way and Kugu People, and cannot be bought or sold. It can however, be developed, leased and utilised for economic development and environmental protection.
This makes the traditional owners the recognised landowners. This means the land is now essentially private property, and visitors need to request permission from the landowners prior to entering the area.
This is for a mix of respectful and also safety reasons, due to many activities occurring on country such as shooting and baiting of feral animals, fires, hunting and mustering. Random visitors unknown to rangers or traditional owners may be placing themselves in danger in one of the most remote wilderness areas in the country is not a good idea!