Mayor and Gubbi Gubbi elders to meet this afternoon
ELDERS from the Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) tribe will meet with Gympie Mayor Mick Curran at Gympie Regional Council this afternoon, following an incident involving three self-proclaimed Kabi Kabi individuals who claimed land rights at the council's upper Mary St office last Tuesday.
The Gympie Times has been invited by the Gubbi Gubbi elders to attend the meeting.
A LAND rights claim over Gympie Regional Council erupted in a violent fracas in front of members of the public at the council offices in upper Mary St today.
A man had to be restrained by staff and a woman had to be treated by emergency service workers following the ugly scenes, which unfolded after an eviction notice was issued to the mayor by a self-proclaimed representative of the Council of Elders of the Sovereign Native Tribes of the Kabi Kabi First Nation State.
Mayor Mick Curran and Gympie Regional Council CEO Bernard Smith found themselves in the thick of the melee as they tried to subdue the agitated middle-aged man.
The eviction notice claimed to reassert sovereignty over Australia in order to " to preserve and protect Kabi Kabi country, our sacred tribal lands, waterways and sacred sites, our people and cultural heritage."
The notice asked the council to vacate immediately and surrender all council assets.
"Accordingly our Sovereign Native Tribes of the Kabi Kabi First Nation State require your Gympie Regional Council to vacate our Sovereign State, and the Council Chambers, immediately, and surrender all council 'assets', as they are the proceeds of crime and the exploitation of our Sovereign Native Tribes of the Kabi Kabi First nation State."
The Gympie Regional Council was not the only business to be issued with a vacation notice.
A GYMPIE man was just trying to find a JP to sign some documents for him when all hell broke loose in the Gympie Regional Council building in Mary St earlier today.
"A man, I guess in his early 40s, had managed to get behind the counter at the office and was yelling that he had been ripped off. He had an Aboriginal flag draped around his neck and was arguing with staff," the witness said.
"He said, 'I own this place' and 'this is all mine'," he said.
The witness started recording the melee on his phone and as it escalated, one of the male council staff members got physical with the man, he said.
"Staff kept asking him to leave and the man kept repeating 'this is my property'."
Other staff joined in trying to restrain the protestor. "I heard some whacks," the witness said.
It was at this point, staff asked the witness to leave the council building.
"It was blown out of proportion," he said.
"Staff should have just waited for police to arrive and not attempted to restrain the man. Yes, he should not have been there but it could have been handled better.
"It's just sad really."
The Gympie Times has learnt the man is Wit-boooka, of the Kabi Kabi tribe. He says he holds lawful sovereignty over his land and has no contracts with governments or any other agency, which are all private foreign corporations with no jurisdiction over ancestral land and people.