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Bar-Barrum and Ergon Energy Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Date: 15 January 2003
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Place:South west of Atherton
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
The ILUA covers the area of the Bar-Barrum native title claim Determination Area (National Native Title Tribunal file no.: QC96/105). The area is comprised of specified lots within an area of land south east of Atherton and two smaller areas of land located south east of Petford and south of Almaden, in north east Queensland. The lots are identified on plans attached to the extract from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements for this ILUA and are available from the National Native Title Tribunal. (See also the map of the area available via the Gallery link on this page). The ILUA is within the Mareeba Shire Council area and the Cairns and District ATSIC region.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal File No: QI2002/058
Subject Matter:Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Future Act | | Land Transaction | Land Use | Native Title
Summary Information:
The Bar-Barrum and Ergon Energy Indigenous Land Use Agreement (the ILUA) sets out parameters for operation and maintenance of existing electricity infrastructure in the area of the Bar-Barrum People's native title determination. The ILUA also sets out a process for validation of future works. The agreement is made between electricity providers Ergon Energy Corporation and the Bar-Barrum people native title holders, represented by their native title body corporate (NTBC) Bar-Barrum Aboriginal Corporation. A determination that native title exists in parts of the area of the Bar-Barrum native title claim (National Native Title Tribunal file no.: QC96/105) was made in June 2001.

The conditions for use of existing infrastructure is dealt with in two categories: Ground Based Electricity Infrastructure (GBEI) and Overhead Electricity Infrastructure (OEI).

Under the ILUA the determination will not affect land on which GBEI is located. The NTBC will grant a licence to Ergon to use land adjacent to GBEI that is needed to operate it and not grant any other licence inconsistent with that. The NTBC also consents to a grant of lease over the area of the GBEI, subject to conditions (specified in the agreement) and provided that Ergon negotiates the other terms with the lease holder and pays associated costs. In return, the NTBC will make no further native title claim over the area.

The NTBC consents to all existing OEI remaining on the determination area and will grant a lease to Ergon to access the OEI to maintain and operate it. They will not grant any leases inconsistent with that. The NTBC also consent to the grant of any easements relating to OEI.

Under the agreement, Ergon have unrestricted access to their infrastructure, but have agreed to the following conditions:
-Ergon will take the most direct route of access so as to minimise impact on the land; and
-Ergon will notify the NTBC by telephone prior to accessing infrastructure, however this will not prevent access without notification in an emergency.

The ILUA specifies other provisions relating to Ergon's interests in the area. Any rights granted to Ergon by licences or other permits prior to the determination are not affected by the determination. The NTBC agrees not to make any compensation claim (for any loss of native title rights that may have occurred from the construction and operation of the infrastructure and will not 'prevent, inhibit or interfere' or 'pose a safety threat' to the operation of the infrastructure.

The ILUA confirms that any future infrastructure falls within the definition of a 'future act' under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (the NTA), which means the acts are invalid. The NTBC consents to these future acts and the ILUA sets out process to validate the acts, as follows:
-Ergon will provide a 'written description of the location, nature and extent of the future works and, if necessary, a plan for the future works' to notify the NTBC;
-The NTBC is able to comment on the proposal within two months;
-Ergon is to consult with NTBC if requested;
-Ergon agree to 'seek to modify its plans so as to eliminate or minimise the impact of the future works on native title' if the consultation process establishes that native title rights and interests would be 'significantly affected by the proposed future works'.

For future works that can not be validated through this process, the parties will negotiate an ILUA for the specific matter. Ergon may use any other means of validation under the NTA if ILUA negotiations appear unlikely to succeed after two months.

The parties agree that the right to negotiate provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) do not apply, as the alternative consultation provisions are to be followed instead. However the parties also agree that the non-extinguishment principle applies to all acts done under this agreement - this means that any of these acts which may be inconsistent with native title rights and interests do not extinguish these interests, instead they are revived when such acts are finished.

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  • Organisation
  • Ergon Energy Corporation Limited - Signatory
  • Mareeba Shire Council
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Bar-Barrum Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC - Signatory
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC)
  • North Queensland Land Council (NQLC)
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • People
  • Bar-Barrum People

  • References

    National Native Title Tribunal (2001) The Bar-Barrum People's Native Title Determination: Questions and Answers
    National Native Title Tribunal (30 September 2010) Registered ILUAs by Name


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