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Butchulla Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Category: Agreement
Date: 4 December 2007
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Place:Wide Bay region
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
The Butchulla Peoples have two native title claims covering about 8,440 square kilometres in the Wide Bay region in Queensland.
Alternative Names:
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Butchulla People (QUD6140/98), Butchulla Land & Sea (QUD16/06), Hervey Bay City Council, Maryborough City Council, Tiaro Shire Council, Woocoo Shire Council and the Wide Bay Water Corporation
  • Wide Bay Native Title Memorandum of Understanding
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Native Title and Related Outcomes for the Cities of Hervey Bay and Maryborough, the Shires of Tiaro and Woocoo and Wide Bay Water Corporation's Area of Operations
  • Subject Matter:Access | Land Use | Native Title
    Summary Information:
    The Memorandum of Understanding between the Buchulla Peoples, Hervey Bay City Council, Maryborough City Council, Tiaro Shire Council, Woocoo Shire Council and the Wide Bay Water Corporation (the MOU) was signed in the Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens on 4 December 2007.

    The Butchulla Peoples (represented by the Gurang Land Council Aboriginal Corporation) have two native title claims in the Wide Bay region - QUD6140/98 'Butchulla People' and QUD16/06 'Butchulla Land & Sea Claim'. These claims concern land within the local government areas of the Councils and in which the Corporation has infrastructure and operational interests. The Councils and the Corporation are respondents to the Butchulla People Application and are applying to be joined as respondents to the Butchulla Land & Sea Claim Application.

    Under the MOU, the parties agree to explore avenues for settling these native title claims. That is, the parties aim to reach agreement about how their respective interests in the region can be implemented, and thereby avoid litigation. To this end, the MOU establishes an approach to and procedure for mediation (which is to be conducted by the National Native Title Tribunal) and sets out the scope of negotiations between the parties. The possibility of negotiating an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) is raised in the MOU (NNTT 2007; ABC News 2007; National Indigenous Times 2007).

    A full-text draft of the MOU is available in the Hervey Bay City Council Meeting Minutes (28 November 2007, Attachment 1).

    Related Entries

    Agreement
  • De Satge on behalf of the Butchulla People #2 v State of Queensland [2014] FCA 1132
  • Organisation
  • Gurang Land Council (Aboriginal Corporation)
  • Maryborough City Council - Signatory
  • Woocoo Shire Council - Signatory
  • Tiaro Shire Council - Signatory
  • Hervey Bay City Council - Signatory
  • Wide Bay Water Corporation - Signatory
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • People
  • Sonia Gala and others on behalf of the Butchulla People - Signatory
  • Kate Doolan and others on behalf of the Butchulla Land and Sea Claim Applicants - Signatory

  • Glossary

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

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