GYMPIE PYRAMID: New Wit-boooka trespass case ends
GYMPIE Aboriginal land rights activist Wit-boooka and the state of Queensland appear to have reached an understanding over conflicting ownership claims affecting the Bruce Highway by-pass route around Gympie, where preliminary site preparation work has begun.
Wit-boooka has claimed traditional ownership of the site known as Rocky Ridge, also dubbed the Gympie Pyramid, on Gympie's east side.
It is a claim he has not renounced, in the face of legally recognised ownership by the Queensland Transport and Main Roads Department.
Police have told Gympie Magistrates Court the prosecution will not proceed with a charge involving the activist allegedly trespassing on the site, which is adjacent to the railway line in Gympie Connection Road at Victory Heights.
The site, claimed by Wit-boooka to include important relics of Aboriginal occupation, is in or adjacent to the route of the Bruce Highway's Cooroy-to-Curra by-pass of Gympie city.
The new move, on Tuesday, follows a lengthy trial in Gympie District Court over a melee at Gympie Regional Council's Mary St offices three years ago.
That trial came ended earlier this month with the dismissal of some charges, including all charges against fellow-activist Diane Redden-King, of Curra and all but one charge against Mervyn Tomlinson, of Bundaberg.
Wit-boooka, charged as Gary Tomlinson of Southside, was found guilty of trespassing on council property and assaulting police and some council staff.
On Tuesday, he was due to appear on a separate charge of trespassing at the Rocky Ridge site, now owned by the Transport and Main Roads Department.
The offence was allegedly committed on November 26 last year.
Police told the court on Tuesday that Wit-boooka was currently interstate working.
The prosecutor said police would offer no evidence on the charge, which magistrate Chris Callaghan then dismissed.