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Aurukun Bauxite Project Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
|Date:||6 August 2007|
|Sub Category:||Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)|
|Location:||Aurukun, Far North Queensland, Queensland, Australia|
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|Subject Matter:||Mining and Minerals | Native Title|
|The Aurukun Bauxite Project (Feasibility Study) Agreement Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was agreed between the State of Queensland (APPLICANT); and Ngan Aak Kunch Aboriginal Corporation; the Aluminium Corporation of China Limited ('Chalco'); and Anthony Kerindun, Janine Chevathun and Alison Woolla. This ILUA deals with the proposed new alumina facility in the west of Cape York. It provides consent for the conduct of a feasibility study into the venture, as well as for a Mineral Development Licence, should one be required. |
The ILUA was registered on the 6 August 2007, and states that it will operate for the duration of the Development Agreement or of any mining lease.
|Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has said of this alumina project that it 'could result in about $3 billion in new capital expenditure for a bauxite mine at Aurukun [and] could create up to 4,500 new full time jobs during the construction and operation phases' (Beattie 2006). He has also praised the Aurukun Community for the 'the demonstration of good faith shown by the traditional owners to engage with Chalco to achieve the best social and economic result for the region.' Chalco's Australian project Leader, Zhongxiu Liang, has stated that the 'development of the Aurukun Bauxite Resource represented one of the most attractive development targets globally for Chalco' (see Beattie 2006). |
Under the agreement, Chalco will provide $2 million a year to work with the community, while 'the Queensland Government will provide approximately $3 million over two years to improve the coordination and delivery of government services and programs, and to assist the community to share in the benefits from this project' (Bligh 2007).
This ILUA includes agreement that 'future acts' may be done. The parties also agree that the right to negotiate provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) do not apply to future acts, as the alternative consultation provisions are to be followed instead. Under this Act any activity, such as a grant of land, that may affect native title rights is defined as a 'future act' and must comply with the future act provisions of the Act in order to be valid.
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