Queensland's government is returning protected parts of Moreton Island to its traditional owners under landmark laws that will see those areas jointly managed.
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon says 17,000 hectares of national and conservation parkland on the island, off Brisbane, are being returned to the Quandamooka people.
Once that has happened, they will be jointly managed with the state government.
"The Quandamooka people, government, residents and businesses will work hand-in-hand to protect, preserve and promote the cultural and natural resources, and tourism opportunities on Mulgumpin (the island), consistent with Indigenous traditions," Ms Scanlon said.
"These joint management arrangements will give visitors unprecedented insight and appreciation into the area's cultural significance and history from traditional owners."
The Federal Court formally recognised the Quandamooka people as the traditional owners of Moreton Island in 2019.
Australian Associated Press