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Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2015] FCA 609 (Juru People Part B)

Category: Agreement
Date: 22 June 2015
Sub Category:Consent Determination (Native Title Act)
Location:Queensland, Australia
The determination area is outlined in Schedule 1 of the judgment. It consists of over 200 individual, scattered small lots of land in and around the townships of Bowen, Merinda and Home Hill. It also included certain other parcels of rural land and waters over which a determination had been made in 2014 in Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2014] FCA 736
Legal Status: Registered on the National Native Title Register.
Legal Reference: Tribunal file no.: QCD2015/006; Federal court file no.: QUD554/2010
Subject Matter:Native Title
URL: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2015/609.html
Summary Information:
Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2015] FCA 609 (22 June 2015)

Between:

RAYMOND LAMPTON RAYMOND LAMPTON, RAYMOND GASTON, COLLEEN POWER, RAYLENE OUI, TANYA CHATFIELD, IRIS GLENBAR, LENORA ALDRIDGE AND VINCENT MUNDRABY ON BEHALF OF THE JURU PEOPLE (applicant);

and

STATE OF QUEENSLAND, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, WHITSUNDAY REGIONAL COUNCIL, BURDEKIN SHIRE COUNCIL, ERGON ENERGY CORPORATION LIMITED, PAUL CURTEIS, MELLASANNE GRAY, NOEL GRAY, KAREN QUADRELL, MATT QUADRELL, NATHAN RYNN, TRAVIS RYNN, GFB DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD, AURIZON NETWORK PTY LTD, AURIZON PROPERTY PTY LTD, HANCOCK COAL INFRASTRUCTURE PTY LTD, AND TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED (respondents).

Judge: Rares J

Where made: Brisbane

Determination:

Native title exists in the entire determination area. It consists of areas of exclusive native title rights and areas of non-exclusive native title rights.

Native title is held by the Juru People.

Native title rights and interests over exclusive native title areas

The nature and extent of the native title rights and interests in relation to the land and waters described in Part 1 of Schedule 1 are:
- other than in relation to Water, the rights to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of the area to the exclusion of all others; and
- in relation to Water, the non-exclusive rights to:
(i) hunt, fish and gather from the Water of the area;
(ii) take and use the Natural Resources of the Water in the area; and
(iii) take and use the Water of the area,
for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes.

Native title rights and interests over non-exclusive native title areas

The nature and extent of the native title rights and interests in relation to the land and waters described in Part 2 of Schedule 1 are the non-exclusive rights to:
- access, be present on, move about on and travel over the area;
- camp, and live temporarily on the area as part of camping, and for that purpose build temporary shelters;
- hunt, fish and gather on the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- take, use, share and exchange Natural Resources from the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- take and use the Water of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- conduct ceremonies on the area;
- be buried and bury native title holders within the area;
- maintain places of importance and areas of significance to the native title holders under their traditional laws and customs and protect those places and areas from physical harm;
- teach on the area the physical and spiritual attributes of the area;
- hold meetings on the area; and
- light fires on the area for domestic purposes including cooking, but not for the purpose of hunting or clearing vegetation.

The nature and extent of the native title rights and interests in relation to the land and waters described in Part 3 of Schedule 1 are the non-exclusive rights to:
- access, be present on, move about on and travel over the area;
- camp, and live temporarily on the area as part of camping, and for that purpose build temporary shelters;
- fish and gather on the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- take, use, share and exchange Natural Resources from the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- take and use the Water of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- conduct ceremonies on the area;
- be buried and bury native title holders within the area;
- maintain places of importance and areas of significance to the native title holders under their traditional laws and customs and protect those places and areas from physical harm;
- teach on the area the physical and spiritual attributes of the area;
- hold meetings on the area; and
- light fires on the area for domestic purposes including cooking, but not for the purpose of hunting or clearing vegetation.

The nature and extent of the native title rights and interests in relation to the land and waters described in Part 4 of Schedule 1 are the non-exclusive rights to:
- access, be present on, move about on and travel over the area;
- fish and gather on the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- hunt on the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes, but not using weapons as defined in the Weapons Act 1990 (Qld);
- take, use, share and exchange Natural Resources from the land and waters of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- take and use the Water of the area for personal, domestic and non-commercial communal purposes;
- conduct ceremonies on the area;
- be buried and bury native title holders within the area;
- maintain places of importance and areas of significance to the native title holders under their traditional laws and customs and protect those places and areas from physical harm;
- teach on the area the physical and spiritual attributes of the area;
- hold meetings on the area; and
- light fires on the area for domestic purposes including cooking, but not for the purpose of hunting or clearing vegetation.

The nature and extent of the native title rights and interests in relation to the land and waters described in Part 5 of Schedule 1 are the non-exclusive rights to:
- access, be present on, move about on and travel over the area

The native title rights and interests in the non-exclusive native title areas do not confer possession, occupation, use or enjoyment to the exclusion of all others.

The native title rights and interests are subject to and exercisable in accordance with:

- the Laws of the State and the Commonwealth;
- the traditional laws acknowledged and traditional customs observed by the native title holders; and
- the terms and conditions of the following agreements:
(a) the Juru People and Ergon Energy indigenous land use agreement QI2014/010 registered on 28 July 2014;
(b) the Juru People and Local Government indigenous land use agreement QI2014/011 registered on 28 July 2014;
(c) the Hancock Alpha Coal Project (Port Area Native Title Group) indigenous land use agreement QI2011/019 registered on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 23 March 2012; and
(d) the Port of Abbot Point and Abbot Point State Development Area indigenous land use agreement QI2011/063 registered on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 10 May 2012.

There are no native title rights in or in relation to:

- minerals as defined by the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld);
- petroleum as defined by the Petroleum Act 1923 (Qld) and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Qld).

Non-native title rights and interests that exist within the determination area:

1. The rights and interests of the parties under the following agreements:
(a) the Juru People and Ergon Energy indigenous land use agreement QI2014/010 registered on 28 July 2014;
(b) the Juru People and Local Government indigenous land use agreement QI2014/011 registered on 28 July 2014;
(c) the Hancock Alpha Coal Project (Port Area Native Title Group) indigenous land use agreement QI2011/019 registered on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 23 March 2012; and
(d) the Port of Abbot Point and Abbot Point State Development Area indigenous land use agreement QI2011/063 registered on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 10 May 2012.

2. The rights and interests of Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556:
(a) as the owner or operator of telecommunications facilities within the Determination Area;
(b) created pursuant to the Post and Telegraph Act 1901 (Cth), the Telecommunications Act 1975 (Cth), the Australian Telecommunications Corporation Act 1989 (Cth), the Telecommunications Act 1991 (Cth) and the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth), including rights:
(i) to inspect land;
(ii) to install and operate its telecommunication facilities;
(iii) to alter, remove, replace, maintain, repair and ensure the proper functioning of its telecommunications facilities;
(c) for its employees, agents or contractors to access its telecommunication facilities in and in the vicinity of the Determination Area in performance of their duties; and
(d) under any lease, licence, access agreement or easement relating to its telecommunications facilities in the Determination Area .

3. The rights and interests of Ergon Energy Corporation ACN 087 646 062 in the Determination Area including Lot 350 on Plan SB337, Lot 84 on Plan USL4498 and Lot 4 on Plan AP9330:
(a) as the owner and operator of any 'Works' as that term is defined in the Electricity Act 1994 (Qld) within the Determination Area;
(b) as a distribution entity and the holder of a distribution authority under the Electricity Act 1994 (Qld);
(c) created under the Electricity Act 1994 (Qld) and the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993 (Qld) including:
(i) rights in relation to any agreement relating to the Determination Area existing or entered into before the date on which these orders are made;
(ii) rights to enter the Determination Area by its employees, agents or contractors to exercise any of the rights and interests referred to in this paragraph; and
(iii) to inspect, maintain and manage any Works in the Determination Area.

4. The rights and interests of Aurizon Network Pty Ltd ACN 132 181 116 in relation to rail transport infrastructure under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (Qld).

5. The rights and interests of Hancock Coal Infrastructure Pty Ltd ACN 132 394 122 as preferred developer of Terminal 3 at the Port of Abbot Point, under the T3 Project Framework Agreement dated 2012 between North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited ACN 136 880 218 and Hancock Coal Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

6. The rights, interests, functions and powers of North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited ACN 136 880 218 as a port authority under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (Qld).

7. The rights and interests of Burdekin Shire Council and Whitsunday Regional Council:
(a) under their local government jurisdiction and functions under the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld), under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management Act 2002 (Qld) and under any other legislation, for that part of the Determination Area within the area declared to be their respective local government areas;
(b) as the:
(i) lessor under any leases which were validly entered into before the date on which these orders are made and whether separately particularised in these orders or not;
(ii) grantor of any licences or other rights and interests which were validly granted before the date on which these orders were made and whether separately particularised in these orders or not;
(iii) holder of any estate or interest in land, as trustee of any reserves, that exist in the Determination Area;
(c) as the owner and operator of infrastructure, and those facilities and other improvements located in the Determination Area validly constructed or established on or before the date on which these orders are made, including but not limited to:
(i) undedicated but constructed roads except for those not operated by Council;
(ii) water pipelines and water supply infrastructure;
(iii) drainage facilities;
(iv) watering point facilities;
(d) to enter the land for the purposes described in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) above by their employees, agents or contractors to:
(i) exercise any of the rights and interests referred to in paragraph 6 above;
(ii) inspect, maintain and repair the infrastructure, facilities and other improvements referred to in paragraph (c) above;
(iii) undertake operational activities in its capacity as a local government such as feral animal control, weed control, erosion control, waste management and fire management.

8. The rights and interests of the State of Queensland or any other person existing by reason of the force and operation of the laws of the State of Queensland , including those existing by reason of the following legislation or any regulation, statutory instrument, declaration, plan, authority, permit, lease or licence made, granted, issued or entered into under that legislation:
(a) the Land Act 1994 (Qld); and
(b) the Fisheries Act 1994 (Qld).

9. The rights and interests of the State of Queensland, Burdekin Shire Council and Whitsunday Regional Council to access, use, operate, maintain and control the dedicated roads in the Determination Area and the rights and interests of the public to use and access the roads.

10. The rights and interests of members of the public arising under the common law, including but not limited to the following:
(a) any subsisting public right to fish; and
(b) the public right to navigate.

11. So far as confirmed pursuant to s 212(2) of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) and s 18 of the Native Title Act (Queensland) Act 1993 (Qld) as at the date of this determination, any existing public access to, and enjoyment of, the following places in the Determination Area:
(a) waterways;
(b) beds and banks or foreshores of waterways;
(c) coastal waters;
(d) beaches;
(e) stock routes; and
(f) areas that were public places at the end of 31 December 1993.

12. Any other rights and interests:
(a) held by the State of Queensland or Commonwealth of Australia; or
existing by reason of the force and operation of the Laws of the State and the Commonwealth.

The relationship between the native title rights and interests and the other rights and interests is that:

- the other interests continue to have effect, and the rights conferred by or held under the other interests may be exercised notwithstanding the existence of the native title rights and interests;
- to the extent the other interests are inconsistent with the continued existence, enjoyment or exercise of the native title rights and interests in relation to the land and waters of the Determination Area, the native title continues to exist in its entirety but the native title rights and interests have no effect in relation to the other interests to the extent of the inconsistency for so long as the other interests exist; and
- the other interests and any activity that is required or permitted by or under, and done in accordance with, the other interests, or any activity that is associated with or incidental to such an activity, prevail over the native title rights and interests and any exercise of the native title rights and interests.

Provisions relevant to the Native Title rights:

- the Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC ICN 7581), as the prescribed body corporate, is to perform functions required under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) after becoming a registered native title body corporate.
- native title is held in trust for the Juru People.
Detailed Information:
Background

The native title application was first made on 12 November 2013, and has since been amended to reflect the final decision of the Juru People about their claim. It was an application under s 61 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) for the recognition of the Juru People as the holders of native title rights and interests over their country.

There were no overlapping or competing native title claims over the claim area or any Indigenous respondents opposing the Juru claim.

The successful native title claim has provided the Juru People with formal recognition of native title rights ad interests over about 200 individual, scattered small lots of land in and around the townships of Bowen, Merinda and Home Hill.

This decision marked the third occasion on which the Court has made a consent determination of the Juru people‟s native title rights and interests over land and waters. These scattered parcels of land and waters, in combination with the land and waters of the previous two consent determinations will allow the Juru people to exercise their native title rights and interests over them.

Details of Judgement

Through mediation, agreement has been reached as to the terms of a determination of native title to provide recognition of the native title rights and interests held by the Juru People in relation to part of the land and waters covered by the Juru claim. The signed document was then filed in the Federal Court pursuant to s 87 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

The court was satisfied that a determination of native title was within the power of the court.

Justice Rares noted that this decision was a milestone because it marked the finalisation of the Juru people's claim and gave them certainty about the entire area of land and waters over which they could exercise their native title rights and interests.

(Source: http://aiatsis.gov.au/sites/default/files/products/whats_new_in_native_title/1506_whats_new_final.pdf)

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Prior on behalf of the Juru (Cape Upstart) People v State of Queensland (No 2) [2011] FCA 819 (26 July 2011)
  • Juru, Gia and Ngaro Turtle and Dugong Memorandum of Understanding
  • Juru (Cape Upstart) People Protected Area Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru (Cape Upstart) People (formerly known as the Birri Gubba (Cape Upstart) People) and Ergon Energy Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People and Adani Abbott Point Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in progress
  • Juru People and Adani Abbot Point Terminal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People and Ergon Energy Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People and Local Government Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People Boundary Creek Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People Pretty Bend Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People Mt Aberdeen Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People Greentop Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People Weston Vale Indigenous land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru Protected Area Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Juru People and Kookaburra Terrace Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2014] FCA 736 (Juru People Part A)
  • Organisation
  • State of Queensland - Respondent
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Respondent
  • Whitsunday Regional Council - Respondent
  • Burdekin Shire Council - Respondent
  • Ergon Energy Corporation Limited - Respondent
  • Aurizon Pty Ltd - Respondent
  • Hancock Coal Pty Ltd - Respondent
  • Telstra Corporation Limited - Respondent
  • GFB Developments Pty Ltd - Respondent
  • People
  • Raymond Lampton and Others on behalf of the Juru People - Native Title Applicants
  • Juru People

  • Documents

    Map
    Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2015] FCA 609 - Schedule 1 Part B Map of Determination Area - ( PDF)
    Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2015] FCA 609 - Consent Determination Extract - ( PDF | PDF)
    Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2015] FCA 609 - Schedule 1 Part A Description of Determination Area - ( PDF)

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