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Tennant Creek Corrections Facility Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Date: 17 February 2011
Date To: 17 February 2021
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Place:Tennant Creek
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
The area covered by this ILUA comprises approximately 29.17 hectares of land known as NT Portion 7099(A). The ILUA area is located in the Tennant Creek locality in the Barkly Shire of the Northern Territory of Australia.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 10 June 2011. This is a Body Corporate agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal File No. DI2011/004
Subject Matter:
Summary Information:
The Tennant Creek Corrections Facility ILUA was agreed between the Patta Aboriginal Corporation and the Northern Territory of Australia (care of the Department of Justice) for a term of 10 years. The purpose of this ILUA is to provide consent for the construction of the Barkly Corrections Facility in the ILUA area.
Detailed Information:
Content of this ILUA

Pursuant to this ILUA, the parties give their consent to the siting, construction, maintenance, operation and fencing of the Barkly Corrections Facility (also known as the Barkly Work Camp) in the ILUA area. This Corrections Facility was scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2011, after some controversy over its remote location (Bolton, 2010; Crawford, 2011).

Furthermore, the parties to this ILUA agree to the doing of any future acts agreed to in this ILUA, subject to the conditions listed therein, at any time either before or after the registration of this agreement on the National Native Title Tribunal Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements. In accordance with this ILUA, future acts that have already been undertaken in the ILUA area are declared valid to the extent that they affect native title at the time when the ILUA is registered.

The parties also agree that the right to negotiate provisions in Subdivision P, Division 3, Part 2 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) do not apply to any of the future acts to which consent has been granted under this ILUA.

Background to native title in the ILUA area

The Patta Aboriginal Corporation, which is a signatory to this ILUA, administers land on behalf of the Patta Warumungu people. Their traditional ownership of lands in the Tennant Creek area was recognised by the Federal Court of Australia in the Patta Warumungu People v Northern Territory of Australia (Tennant Creek No. 2) consent determination on 3 September 2007. The claim pertaining to this determination was filed with the Federal Court as proceeding no. NTD8/06. The land covered by this determination overlaps with the area subject to this ILUA.

In making the determination, the court found that the Patta Warumungu people had non-exclusive native title rights over around 27 square kilometres of land. These rights included the right to live on, travel over and access the land, as well as the right to hunt, gather, collect natural resources, conduct ceremonies and undertake other kinds of traditional activities. These rights did not extend to areas of land over which native title rights had been surrendered to allow for the residential and commercial development of the Tennant Creek town.

Related Entries

  • Patta Warumungu People v Northern Territory of Australia [2007] FCA 1386
  • Organisation
  • Patta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC - Signatory
  • Northern Territory of Australia - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • People
  • Patta Warumungu People

  • Glossary

    Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Body Corporate Agreement (Australia) | Future Act (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Right To Negotiate (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Consent Determination (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Native Title (Australia) | Native Title Determination (Australia)

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