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Ruby Gap Nature Park Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Date: 3 October 2005
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Place:East of Alice Springs
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
The ILUA area is located 150 kilometres east of Alice Springs. The extract of the ILUA from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements describes the area covered by the agreement as follows: 'The Park means all that parcel of land near Ruby Gap in the Northern Territory of Australia containing an area of 9257 hectares more or less being Northern Territory Portion 1929 more particularly delineated on Survey Plan S82/11 lodged with the Surveyor General, Darwin.' The ILUA area falls within the Central Remore Regional Council ATSIC region.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal No.: DI2004/031.
Subject Matter:Environmental Heritage | Future Act | Land Management | Land Use | Native Title
Summary Information:
The Ruby Gap Nature Park Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was made between the Central Land Council and the Northern Territory of Australia to clarify the future title and management of the Ruby Gap Nature Park.

This ILUA is one of 31 agreements signed over parks and reserves in the Northern Territory. The agreements were developed following the High Court's decision in Western Australia v Ward, which found that the Keep River National Park had not been properly established. In response, the Northern Territory government pursued ILUAs and joint management agreements to resolve tenure disputes and management of the parks. These agreements were negotiated from 2002 to 2005, during which time the Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT) was also passed. These arrangements aim to settle all native title issues in Northern Territory national park areas.
Detailed Information:
The Ruby Gap Nature Park is listed under Schedule 3 of the Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT). This means that no change in tenure is required to bring the Reserve in line with new arrangements for Northern Territory National Parks. However, the Act does require a joint management agreement to be implemented.

Under the ILUA, the parties consent to the execution of a joint management plan for the Ruby Gap Nature Park. The Northern Territory Government and the Central Land Council agree to manage the Park in accordance with Joint Management Principles. The Parties consent to any action permitted in the Joint Management Plan, regardless of whether these actions are 'future acts'. Reference is also made to agreement regarding compensation and use of the Park.

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.

The purpose of the ILUA is to satisfy the conditions set out in s 10(1)(b) of the Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act, and to otherwise deal with native title issues in respect of the execution of the Joint Management Deed and actions taken in accordance with the Plan of Management for the Park.

Related Entries

  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Northern Territory of Australia - Signatory
  • Central Land Council - Signatory
  • Central Remote Regional Council
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • Parks and Reserves (Framework for the Future) Act 2003 (NT)
  • Case Law
  • Western Australia v Ward (2002) [2002] HCA 28 (8 August 2002)

  • References

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


    Ruby Gap Nature Park Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) Map - ( Thumbnail | PDF | Image)


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

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