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Council of the Shire of Cardwell Local Planning Policy ( Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Land Interests)

Category: Policy/Strategy
Date: 1 January 1997
Sub Category:Policy/Strategy
Location:Tully, far north Queensland, Queensland, Australia
Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Cultural Heritage | Local Government
Summary Information:
The policy was approved in principle in January 1997 but requires updating to meet the requirements of the Queensland Integrated Planning Act 1997.The policy relates to Aboriginal cultural heritage and land interests.
Detailed Information:
The Policy resulted from negotiations between the Central Queensland Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the Girringun Elders and Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation and the Cardwell Shire Council. Its objectives are to:

  • Identify, recognise, protect, manage and project future opportunities of Aboriginal cultural heritage and land interests
  • Ensure that development is compatible with Aboriginal cultural heritage and land interests
  • Recognise and respect Aboriginal peoples' role, status and fundamental rights and specify land the subject of Aboriginal cultural heritage or land interests as designated developments.

    The Policy contains detailed provisions for recognising and protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage interests in land in the local planning and development approval processes and for ensuring that the Girringun peoples have a legitimate and genuine role in matters affecting their interests, rights and responsibilities. It contains procedures for establishing a register of Aboriginal cultural heritage and land interests, the establishment of an Aboriginal Issues Advisory Committee, and processes for assessing development applications.
  • Outcomes:
    There are benefits for all parties to the policy. In particular:

    Aboriginal people are engaged as early as possible in the planning and development process, providing clear timeframes and reducing the likelihood of unnecessary delay
    The legal implications of native title rights and interests are acknowledged through the planning and development process and Aboriginal peoples are involved in land dealings which may affect their cultural heritage and land interests
    Developers are provided with greater certainty and a clearer understanding of the likelihood of indigenous land interests and cultural heritage matters
    The Shire Council is facilitated in its forward planning and provided with a positive approach, and a model, to its planning for Aboriginal cultural heritage and land interests, including native title rights and interests.

    Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Cardwell Shire Council - Signatory
  • Girringun and Elders Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation - Signatory
  • Central Queensland Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Legislation
  • Integrated Planning Act 1997 (Qld)

  • References

    Book
    Australian Local Government Association in Cooperation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1999) Working Out Agreements: A Practical Guide to Agreements between Local Government & Indigenous Australians

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