A historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) covering about 22,000 square kilometres of land and water has been signed at a ceremony in Gladstone, Queensland, today.
The agreement has been struck between the Gladstone, Bundaberg and Burnett regional councils, the Gidarjil Cultural Heritage Corporation and the Applicant for the Port Curtis Coral Coast native title claim group.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the ILUA was an important milestone in the journey of the Port Curtis coastal native title claim group.
“It puts in place formal processes for the use of the land and settles a range of prior dealings in land. Importantly it also establishes pathways for working together in the future – on development activity and cultural heritage and more,” Minister Scullion said.
“The signatories to this agreement have shown what can be done when people work together in good faith towards a common goal – and I am sure the leadership they have shown will inspire others to follow the path they have walked.
“The Coalition Government is committed to working with native title holders and claimants to support their aspirations, including opportunities for economic development.
“That is why I established, for the first time, an allocation of funding that is available direct to native title holders to assist in commercial negotiations and the better management of native title interests. The Government continues to work with native title claimants and their representative bodies to progress native title claims as soon as possible.
“I congratulate the Port Curtis native title claim group on this long-term strategy to resolve its native title claim and prepare for future opportunities for development.”