News

Cherbourg Mayor: This money won't cover our stolen wages

TOO LITTLE: Cherbourg Mayor Ken Bone says money on offer under the Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme is not enough.
TOO LITTLE: Cherbourg Mayor Ken Bone says money on offer under the Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme is not enough. Keagan Elder

MONEY set aside to repay Aboriginal workers who had part or all of their wages is too little, too late, according to Cherbourg Mayor Ken Bone.

A meeting was held in Cherbourg on Tuesday to show residents how to apply for reparations under the State Government Stolen Wages Reparations Scheme.

The program offers indigenous workers a lump sum payment to compensate for lost or stolen wages up until the 1970s.

New claimants can receive between $9200 and $4600, figures Cr Bone says are too low.

"The government is telling us take it or leave it," Cr Bone said.

"It's not a lot of money, but it is a bit of money."

In his younger days, Cr Bone worked in labour- intensive positions around Cherbourg and said he was one of many who were not paid the proper amount for their work.

"The workers didn't see that money; the government confiscated it," he said.

The State Government has allocated $21million for the scheme, with applications open until December 16.

Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Partnerships Curtis Pitt said many Cherbourg residents would be eligible for payments.

"I wrote letters to more than 100 Cherbourg residents, notifying them of their eligibility to receive a reparations payment under the scheme," Mr Pitt said.

"It is critical to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in geographically isolated communities such as Cherbourg are not disadvantaged and have the same level of service as those near major towns."

To learn more about the scheme head to www.qld. gov.au/reparations.

South Burnett

Topics:  cherbourg qld government


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

How this woman saved more than $45,000

NOT BUTS ABOUT IT: Corie Goetez has saved more than $45,000 since giving up the smoke six years and 14 weeks ago.

Two stories of how and why people quit smoking.

Daylight saving: 'Draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rocky'

Sunset in maryborough, Queensland. - User Contributed

Just draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rockhampton

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for South Burnett

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the South Burnett, Friday, January 20.

About 60mm fell in the 30 minutes to 4.10pm at Boondooma

Local Partners

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!