The Juru people also known as the ‘Yuru’ people are the proud Aboriginal people of the state of Queensland


In Norman Tindale's estimate, the Yuru had some 3,100 square kilometres (1,200 sq mi) of land, extending northwards from Bowen to the Burdekin River at the site of Home Hill. Their southwestern limits ran to the Bogie Range, and south to Mount Pleasant and Mount Abbot. On the coast they were at Upstart Bay. They were neighbours of the Bindal.[1]


Main article: Juru language

The Juru people spoke the Yuru language, now extinct, also known as one of the Lower Burdekin languages.[2]

Native title

Descendants of the Juru people put in a claim for their native title rights in 2010. Their rights over 17,600 hectares (43,000 acres) in an area of land between Bowen and Ayr were recognised in 2014, and a Federal Court recognised a further claim in 2015 to another 7,570 hectares (18,700 acres).[3] A conflict emerged over Juru claims for compensation from the owners of some 130 huts located around the mouth of the Elliot River and Curlewis, which as of 2016 had not been settled.[4]

Natural resource management

A Traditional Owner Reference Group consisting of representatives of the Yuwibara, Koinmerburra, Barada Barna, Wiri, Ngaro, and those Juru and Gia people whose lands are within Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region, helps to support natural resource management and look after the cultural heritage sites in the area.[5]

Alternative names



  1. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 172.
  2. ^ E62 Yuru at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  3. ^ Juru 2015.
  4. ^ Kelly 2016.
  5. ^ "Traditional Owners". Reef Catchments. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.