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Gregory National Park NLC Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
|Date:||15 November 2005|
|Sub Category:||Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)|
|Location:||Southwest of Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia|
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|The area covered by the ILUA is located southwest of Katherine. The extract of the ILUA from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements describes the area covered by the agreement as follows: 'All that parcel of land near Timber Creek in the Northern Territory of Australia containing an area of 832600 hectares more or less being the whole of Northern Territory Portion 3650 more particularly delineated on Survey Plan S89/158A with the Surveyor General, Darwin. All that parcel of land near Delamere in the Northern Territory of Australia containing an area of 144500 hectares more or less and being the whole of Northern Territory Portion 3651 more particularly delineated on Survey Plan S89/158B lodged with the Surveyor General, Darwin.' The ILUA area falls within the Garrak-Jarru Regional Council ATSIC area.|
|Legal Status:||Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal|
|Legal Reference:||National Native Title Tribunal No.: DI2004/044.|
|Subject Matter:||Land Management | Environmental Heritage | Native Title | Land Transaction | Land Use|
|The Gregory National Park NLC Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was signed by the Northern Land Council, the Northern Territory Government and the Native Title Parties for the purpose of granting the Park as Aboriginal land under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth) (ALRA).|
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.
|The Gregory National Park is listed under Schedule 1 of the Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT). This lists those areas for which tenure and management changes will occur in line with new arrangements for Northern Territory National Parks. |
Under the ILUA, the parties consent to the granting of the Park as Aboriginal land under the ALRA and to facilitating the future development of the Park in compliance with the ALRA. The purpose of the ILUA is to satisfy the condition set out in s 10(1)(b) of the Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT) and to otherwise deal with native title issues in respect of the scheduling of the Park as Aboriginal land under the ALRA.
Even though the land is returned to traditional owners, it will be leased back to the Northern Territory Government for a minimum of 99 years. The land must be used for parks. Agreements outlining joint management of the park by Indigenous groups and the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service will be developed.
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