There is a common misunderstanding that all DOGITs are for Aboriginal people, but this is not so.
Musgrave Park itself is all a DOGIT (Deed of Grant in Trust), with Brisbane City Council being the trustees.
Musgrave was all a DOGIT reserve for the purposes of sports and recreation until 1998, when a portion at the south end of the park was excised and given a different purpose – that being “for Aboriginal cultural, heritage and historical purposes”.
The Brisbane City Council is still the trustee for the whole park, including that area.
Nothing was ‘handed over’, in the sense of real ownership or entitlement.
A 30 year lease was going to be signed over the site of the tennis courts, to allow for the building of a cultural centre, but I’m not sure if that actually went ahead, and if so, who the recipients of the lease were – it was either Arts Qld (state government) or the management committee of Musgrave Park Cultural Centre. I suspect it went to Arts Queensland but have no proof.
24 May 2012