TRADITIONAL owners of the Maryborough land held a march on Sunday to celebrate and recognise their heritage.

Members of the Butchulla tribe walked to Ululah Lagoon to celebrate their elders.

Butchulla traditional owner Roderick Tobane said his ancestors returned to the Fraser Coast after being taken from their families.

"They were taken out of country from Fraser Island and Hervey Bay around the region and sent to the missions," he said.

"In 1967 my grandmother and grandfather came home with a number of elders.

"They settled in Maryborough and lived at the riverbanks in the parks until 1974."

About 50 people participated in the Home on Country march on Sunday.

A banner, reading "we have survived", was carried during the march.

Mr Tobane said the day was about remembering Aboriginal history.

"It's about recognising our elders," he said.

Mr Tobane said he wanted more recognition for the Butchulla people in the Maryborough district.

"Be recognised and actually be given the opportunities to have the same quality of life as the rest of mainstream regional Maryborough," he said.

"The sad part about it for us is that 99% of the traditional owners in this region are unemployed."



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