New Conservation Areas Part of the 500th Indigenous Land Use Agreement

Australia ( March 31, 2011

New Conservation Areas Part of the 500th Indigenous Land Use Agreement

New Conservation Areas Part of the 500th Indigenous Land Use Agreement

Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin today welcomed the 500th Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) registered with the National Native Title Tribunal.

Mr McClelland said agreements registered today relate to the establishment of new conservation areas as well as the proposed expansion of the Charlton Harness Racing Club in regional Victoria.

The Victorian agreement with the Dja Dja Wurrung people includes the establishment of an annual Spring race to be known as the Dja Dja Wurrung Cup.

“Today represents another significant milestone in the history of native title in Australia,” Mr McClelland said.

“ILUAs allow groups such as pastoralists, mining companies, governments and others to proceed with projects while ensuring rights of Indigenous people are recognised and protected.

“These agreements are providing sustainable outcomes for Indigenous people – they demonstrate the enduring benefits that can be achieved through native title when parties choose to negotiate, rather than litigate.”

Ms Macklin said that agreements can provide opportunities for native title holders and claimants to negotiate outcomes which include benefits such as employment and economic development opportunities.

”The range of matters that can be negotiated between parties to an ILUA mean that practical outcomes are able to be achieved, as well as the development of lasting relationships,” she said.

“The Gillard Government is committed to improving the native title system, and encourages innovative agreement-making to utilise the potential of native title and deliver practical outcomes, including opportunities for Indigenous Australians and certainty for landholders and industry.”

“Today’s outcome demonstrates that the recognition of native title can support economic development for all Australians.”

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