Gregory National Park CLC Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
|Date: ||30 September 2005|
|Sub Category:||Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)|
|Location:||Victoria River region, Northern Territory, Australia|
|The extract of the ILUA from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements describes the area covered by the agreement as follows: ' "The Park" means all that parcel of land near Victoria River Downs in the Northern Territory of Australia containing an area of 294500 hectares more or less being the whole of Northern Territory Portion 4734 more particularly delineated on Survey Plans S95/169A and S95/169B lodged with the Surveyor General, Darwin.' The ILUA area is the Garrak-Jarru Regional Council ATSIC region.|
|Legal Status: ||Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal|
|Legal Reference: ||National Native Title Tribunal No.: DI2004/020.|
|Alternative Names:||Gregory Park ILUA|
|Subject Matter:||Native Title | Land Transaction | Environmental Heritage | Compensation | Land Management | Land Use|
|Summary Information: |
|The Gregory National Park CLC Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was signed by the Central Land Council and the Northern Territory Government 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.
|Detailed Information: |
|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, 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.