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Gawler Ranges - Coondambo Pastoral Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
|Date:||13 June 2010|
|Sub Category:||Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)|
|Location:||Gawler Ranges, South Australia, Australia|
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|The ILUA area covers approximately 2,112 square kilometres of land on Pastoral Lease Number 2349, which is recorded in Crown Lease Register Book Volume 1284, Folio 10. This lease is known as Coondambo. It is located approximately 75 kilometres west of Woomera, north of Lake Gairdner and east of Lake Harris in the state of South Australia. The ILUA area does not include any public roads, and only extends to that part of the pastoral lease that falls within the external boundary of the Gawler Ranges Native Title Claim (Federal Court File No. SAD6020/98).|
|Legal Status:||Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 13 June 2010. This is an Area Agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).|
|Legal Reference:||National Native Title Tribunal File No. SI2009/004.|
|Subject Matter:||Access | Consultation | Cultural Heritage | Housing, Construction and Infrastructure | Native Title | Pastoral Activities|
|The Gawler Ranges - Coondambo Pastoral Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was agreed between: |
- Elliot McNamara, Howard Richards, Andrew Dingaman and Ken Smith on behalf of the Gawler Ranges Native Title Claim Group;
- the State of South Australia; and
- Richard Giles Mould and Julie-Ann Mould (being the pastoralists behind the Coondambo Pastoral Lease).
The purpose of this ILUA is to set out the relationship between native title rights and interests and the rights and interests of the pastoralists. The ILUA also details how these rights and interests are to be exercised by the relevant parties.
|The ILUA commences on the date of its registration on the National Native Title Tribunal Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements, being 13 June 2010. The ILUA is subject to a probationary period of one year, and will thereafter be in effect for an indefinite term.|
Future acts and native title rights and interests
The ILUA does not provide prospective consent for the doing of future acts and therefore does not serve to automatically validate such acts. It similarly contains no statements that waive the parties' right to negotiate. This means that future acts with the potential to affect native title rights and interests must comply with the procedures set out in the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
The ILUA also does not provide validation for previous future acts (being future acts done prior to the commencement of the ILUA).
This ILUA similarly does not contain any statement to the effect that entry into the agreement is intended to extinguish native title rights and interests. Consequently, the non-extinguishment principle applies to acts for which consent has been given under this ILUA. This principle dictates that native title rights will be suspended (rather than extinguished) to the extent that they are inconsistent with non-native title rights.
Background to this ILUA
The National Native Title Register Extract provides little detail about what rights and interests have been recognised in this ILUA. Associated media releases indicate that this ILUA was one of 24 ILUAs signed on 14 May 2008 that deal specifically with the relationship between the rights of pastoralists and the rights of the Gawler Ranges Native Title Claim Group. These ILUAs were negotiated between 19 pastoral entities and the Barngarla and Kokatha Peoples, who make up the Gawler Ranges Native Title Claim Group. These ILUAs cumulatively cover approximately 50,000 square kilometres of land and waters in the Gawler Ranges, which are located in South Australia's Eyre Peninsula region. A number of these ILUAs are yet to be registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements.
Media releases suggest that these ILUAs provide for the following:
- access to land for cultural and spiritual activities;
- the protection of Aboriginal culture and heritage;
- the protection and use of pastoral infrastructure; and
- consultation processes to deal with future issues.
Native title in the ILUA area
The ILUA area is located within the claim area of the currently active Gawler Ranges Native Title Claim (Federal Court File No. SAD6020/98). All members of the claim group identify as members of either the Barngarla or the Kokatha Peoples. The application for this claim was originally filed on 12 September 1997, and was amended on 15 September 1997. The claim extends over land and waters to the north of Wudinna in South Australia.
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