Some indigenous mayors say they’ve been left out of talks about the future of Queensland’s Cape York.
Three mayors have joined a chorus of traditional owners who say officials haven’t consulted their communities on the draft Cape York Regional Plan, which maps out future land use for the peninsula.
All three mayors sit on the planning committee for the draft plan which was released in November.
“We didn’t put in a submission because it’s something nobody can stop,” Hope Vale Mayor Greg McLean told AAP.
“It’s something the state is going to push like everything else.”
Mr McLean claims the government has only spoken with a select few, none of whom are indigenous.
The government has said the plan will develop Cape York by bringing more jobs and cash to the region, but green groups have argued it would open up vast pristine areas to development.
Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo said he’s yet to properly read the plan and he’d like to see the Tuesday deadline for submissions extended.
“The people who put this plan together should explain it a bit more in detail because they haven’t come and visited us about it,” he said.
Wujal Wujal Mayor Clifford Harrigan was happy with the blueprint, but was disappointed no one had visited his shire to discuss it.
“It’s just like any other plan they want to put up through Cape York – there’s been no on ground consultation,” he said.
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott, whose council covers 80 per cent of the cape, was pleased with the level of consultation, but said the draft lacked detail.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says extensive consultation has already taken place and the submissions deadline would not be extended.
Officials from his department have visited the cape 35 times and Mr Seeney himself has held five meetings across the region.