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Simpson's Gap National Park Extension Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Category: Agreement
Date: 23 June 2005
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Location:West of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Simpson's Gap is part of the West MacDonnell National Park and is located 17 kilometres west of Alice Springs. The ILUA area covers the Simpson's Gap National Park Extension. This land is identified as Northern Territory Portion 688 on Survey Plan S90/14A. The area is approximately 1947 hectares. The ILUA is situated within the Alice Springs Town Council.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal No.: DI2004/042
Subject Matter:Environmental Heritage | Tourism | Management / Administration | Cultural Heritage | Land Management | Land Transaction | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests | Native Title
Summary Information:
The Simpson's Gap National Park Extension Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was made between the Central Land Council, the Northern Territoy of Australia and the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation to clarify the future title and management of the Simpson's Gap National Park Extension.

This ILUA is one of 31 agreements signed over parks and reserves in the Northern Territory. The agreements were developed following the High Court's decision in Western Australia v Ward, which found that the Keep River National Park had not been properly established. In response, the Northern Territory government pursued ILUAs and joint management agreements to resolve tenure disputes and management of the parks. These agreements were negotiated from 2002 to 2005, during which time the Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT) was also passed. These arrangements aim to settle all native title issues in Northern Territory national park areas.
Detailed Information:
Under the ILUA, the parties consent to the Simpson's Gap National Park Extension being granted as Aboriginal Land under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth). They also agree to facilitate future development of the Park in compliance with this Act.

The Simpson's Gap National Park Extension is also listed under Schedule 1 of the Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT). This means that the even though the land is returned to the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation, the land will be leased back to the Northern Territory Government to be used for parks. Agreements outlining joint management of the park by Indigenous groups and government will be developed.

Related Entries

Organisation
  • Central Land Council - Signatory
  • Northern Territory of Australia - Signatory
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Alice Springs Town Council
  • Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT)
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth)
  • Case Law
  • Western Australia v Ward (2002) 191 ALR 1 (8 August 2002)

  • References

    Media Release
    National Native Title Tribunal (2005) Agreements over NT national parks an Australian first
    Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2005) Commissioner welcomes historic land use agreements in Northern Territory
    Resource
    National Native Title Tribunal (2005) Indigenous Land Use Agreements - Northern Territory Parks
    National Native Title Tribunal (30 September 2010) Registered ILUAs by Name

    Documents

    Map
    Simpson's Gap National Park Extension Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) Map - ( Image | PDF | Thumbnail)

    Glossary

    Native Title (Australia) | Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia)

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