Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tribes Block Housing; Aboriginal Groups United on Need to Protect Former Mission Site

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tribes Block Housing; Aboriginal Groups United on Need to Protect Former Mission Site

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Byline: Brian Bennion brian.bennion@qt.com.au

ALL three Aboriginal tribes of Ipswich have moved to block development on the last remaining parcel of the former Deebing Creek Mission site.

Jagera Daran director Madonna Thomson said the group had pulled out of consultation on the proposal as they believed no development should proceed on the site.

"This is all that is left to preserve what was one of the first missions in Queensland," she said.

"I personally do not believe any development should happen there. It is part of Queensland history that we should be wanting to preserve so that is not forgotten."

As reported in the QT on Friday, members of the Yuggera and Ugarapul tribes have also opposed any development on the site.

Australand and Deebing Developments have put forward plans for a 600-home residential development on the heritage- listed site.

A cemetery, historic plantings, a well, Second World War structures and footings of the original mission buildings are present on the site. …

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