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Australia returns tinnitus rainforests to aborigines

The national park of the same name in Queensland, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, was handed over to the people of Kuku Yalanji at a ceremony in the remote town of Bloomfield on Wednesday. The 135 million year old rainforest is rich in biodiversity and rare birds such as cassava and plants that existed during the time of the dinosaurs.

A total of 160,000 hectares of land on the Cape York Peninsula returned to the tribes after the arrival of British settlers in the late 18th century. The national park is to be managed in collaboration with the Queensland state government before Kuku Yalanji then takes full control.