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Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Memorandum of Lease

Date: 1 January 1989
Sub Category:Memorandum of Lease | Joint Management Agreement
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter:Cultural Heritage | Employment and Training | Environmental Heritage | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests | Native Title | Consultation
Summary Information:
The Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Memorandum of Lease sets out the provisions for the lease of land by the Jawoyn Aboriginal Land Trust to the Conservation Land Corporation (on behalf of the Northern Territory).
Detailed Information:
Matters addressed in the lease document include:
- The recognition of traditional owners' rights to occupy and use the Park in accordance with Aboriginal tradition;
- The right to hunt, subject to directions or decisions of the Board;
- The term of the lease (99 years);
- An agreement to commence negotiation of the renewal of the lease at least five years before the end of the term;
- The amount of the annual rental and the process for reviewing it every three years, based on the consumer price index;
- The percentage (50%) of revenue (entry fees, camping fees etc.) payable to traditional owners;
- A procedure to terminate the lease in the event that serious breaches of the lease provisions occur;
- The process of arbitration with respect to disputes about interpreting lease provisions;
- Requirements to protect Aboriginal cultural rights and interests;
- Aboriginal training and employment;
- Consultation and liaison with traditional owners;
- A commitment to review the provisions of the lease (except the term) every five years;
- Research and documentation of sacred sites; and
- The disposal of park equipment.

Related Entries

  • Northern Territory of Australia
  • Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory - Signatory
  • Jawoyn Association - Signatory
  • Northern Land Council - Signatory
  • Jawoyn Aboriginal Land Trust - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Act 1989 (NT)
  • Place
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

  • References

    Northern Territory Consolidated Legislation (1989) Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Act 1989 (NT)


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