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WELCOMES HISTORIC INDIGENOUS LAND USE AGREEMENT
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (NSW) has today
welcomed the decision by the NSW Government to create a new national
that recognises Aboriginal native title rights.
After more than seven years of consultation, the Arakwal National
be officially declared this Sunday and will mark the registration
historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for NSW native title
decision to recognise the native title owners of this area will
far reaching effects for Aboriginal people involved in future native
negotiations within NSW." Chairperson of the Many Rivers Regional
Mr Jimmy Budd, said today.
Arakwal people have been involved in discussions regarding the
establishment of a national park for many years.
ILUA follows a process of extensive consultations with the NSW State
Government, community groups, native title claimants and the Byron
creation of the park recognised the traditional rights of the Arakwal
people but also demonstrated what could be achieved through proper
negotiation and consultation, ATSIC Commissioner for the NSW Eastern
Mr Des Williams said.
agreement was reached without the need for a lengthy, expensive
protracted court battle. It augers well for future discussions with
Arakwal people and the NSW Government on native title issues,"
new national park will provide for the transfer of land for a cultural
centre and houses, as well as training and jobs for members of the
Aboriginal community and a valuable recreational facility
finalisation of the ILUA also signifies the initiation of stage
negotiations involving the resolution of a range of native title
the Arakwal people.
Jimmy Budd 0418 441 257, Des Williams 0418 494 279
Media: Grant Gilluley 0418 413 274, Phillipa McDermott 0418 467