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Kuuku Ya'u People's Protected Areas Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Date: 16 November 2009
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Place:Cape York Peninsula
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
The ILUA area consists of various national parks within a number of islands located off the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula. It includes the national parks of the Piper Islands, Quoin Island and the Forbes Islands. The ILUA area covers approximately 1.17 square kilometers and is located within the jurisdiction of the Cook Shire Council.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 16 November 2009. This is an Area Agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal File No. QI2009/012.
Subject Matter:Environmental Heritage | Marine | Native Title
Summary Information:
The Kuuku Ya'u People's Protected Areas Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) is an agreement between the Kuuku Ya'u People and the Queensland Government to provide for the management of several protected areas on islands adjacent to Cape York Peninsula.
Detailed Information:
Restrictions on the exercise of native title

In order to ensure 'the good management of the ILUA area', the native title parties agree:
- to carry out hunting practices consistently with the public enjoyment of the ILUA area and the management principles prescribed in the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld).
- not to use firearms without the agreement of the Department of Environment and Resource Management
- not to take or interfere with fauna identified as 'rare', 'endangered' or 'vulnerable'
- to restrict camping to periods of no more than four weeks (unless otherwise agreed to by the Department of Environment and Resource Management)
- to not camp anywhere on a permanent basis or erect permanent structures within the ILUA area
- to control and contain fires lit by the native title parties
- to remove rubbish and debris associated with the native title parties' use of the land

Agreement to continue discussions on sustainable cultural practices

The parties agree to continue 'culturally appropriate' discussion regarding the Kuuku Ya'u People's harvesting of Green Turtle eggs.


The Kuuku Ya'u People's Protected Areas ILUA is one of three ILUAs negotiated concurrently by the Kuuku Ya'u People with the Commonwealth Government, the Queensland Government and Cook Shire Council. These ILUA were negotiated to implement the terms of a consent determination registered with the National Native Title Tribunal in June 2009.

Two of these ILUAs, the Kuuku Ya'u People's Protected Areas ILUA and the Kuuku Ya'u People's Marine Park ILUA, provide for the conservation of the determination area. Together the agreements cover approximately 197,000 hectares of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and 120 hectares of national park islands.

Media releases indicate that the ILUAs also provide training for a number of Kuuku Ya'u People as conservation officers and marine park inspectors. Media releases also indicate that this ILUA provides for continued public access for recreational purposes to Forbes Island National Park, Quoin Island National Park and Piper Islands National Park.

This agreement was negotiated with the Queensland Government as the manager of the islands within the ILUA area. The Kuuku Ya'u People's Marine Park ILUA was negotiated with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which is a Commonwealth agency.

Related Entries

  • Portland Roads Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Kuuku Ya'u People v State of Queensland [2009] FCA 679 (25 June 2009)
  • Kuuku Ya'u People's Marine Park Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Organisation
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • Kuuku Ya'u Kanthanampu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC - Signatory
  • State of Queensland - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • Native Title (Queensland) Act 1993 (Qld)
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld)
  • People
  • Kuuku Ya'u People
  • Deborah Hobson and others on behalf of the Kuuku Ya'u People - Signatory

  • Glossary

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

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