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Boonthamurra Opal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Date: 19 January 2004
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Place:North-west of Cunnamulla
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
The area of the ILUA lies between Windorah and Quilpie, about 240 kms north-west of Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland. The ILUA is within the Barcoo and Quilpie Shire Councils local government areas.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal File No: QI2003/063
Subject Matter:Mining and Minerals | Native Title | Land Use | Future Act
Summary Information:
The Boonthamurra Opal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) facilitates the grant of mining tenements to opal miners in the area of the ILUA.

Rather than going through the right to negotiate provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), mining tenements will be granted to opal miners who agree to a set of conditions specified in the ILUA. As part of the agreement:
- the mining tenement must have 'as its principle purpose the discovery, evaluation or mining of opal';
- miners must 'not carry out Opal Operations where more than 10 people are engaged on the Tenement Area at any one time, without the consent of the Native Title Parties';
- 'No more than 10 hectares of the Tenement Area may be significantly disturbed at any one time by Opal Operations [] (excluding land which was significantly disturbed but has been rehabilitated by the Opal Miner)'; and
- in the case where Exploration Permit type tenements are granted, the area can 'not exceed 100 sub-blocks' in size.

The ILUA also validates any previous grants of these tenements in the area, which may have been done invalidly.

Related Entries

  • Ergon Energy and Boonthamurra People Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Boonthamurra People and Local Government Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Wallace on behalf of the Boonthamurra People v State of Queensland [2015] FCA 600
  • Boonthamurra People/Gummomo Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Organisation
  • Queensland Boulder Opal Association - Signatory
  • State of Queensland - Signatory
  • Queensland South Native Title Services Limited - Signatory
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Legislation
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • People
  • Mark Wallace and Barbara Olsen on their own behalf and on behalf of the Boonthamurra People - Signatory
  • Boonthamurra People

  • References

    National Native Title Tribunal (30 September 2010) Registered ILUAs by Name


    Boonthamurra Opal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) Map - ( Image | Thumbnail | PDF)


    Native Title (Australia) | Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia)

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