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Hope Downs 4 Corridor Agreement (ILUA)

Date: 22 July 2011
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Place:Shire of East Pilbara
State/Country:Western Australia , Australia
The Hope Downs 4 Corridor Agreement is located 30km north west of Newman in Western Australia.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal
Legal Reference: National Native Tribunal No: WI2011/003
Subject Matter:Mining and Minerals
Summary Information:
The Hope Downs 4 Corridor Agreement Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was agreed between Hamersley WA Pty Ltd and Hope Downs Iron Ore Pty Ltd and David Stock, Gordon Yuline, Raymond Drage, Billy Cadigan and Victor Parker on their own behalf and on behalf of the Nyiyaparli
People for the period commencing on 10 February 2011.

The purpose of the ILUA is to allow for an infrastructure corridor, that is the contruction, operation and maintainence of a railway, power line, access road and all associated and incidental infrastructure and facilities.
Detailed Information:
Details of Agreement
The parties to the Hope Downs 4 Corridor Agreement ILUA consented to all agreed future acts. The parties also agreed that the "right to negotiate" process did not apply to the agreed future acts. Agreed future acts under the ILUA mean each future act required for the purpose of constructing , operating and maintaining a railway, power line, access road and all associated and incidental infrastructure and facilities (National Native Title Tribunal, 2011).

The project
Hopes Down 4 is a project designed by Hamersley WA Pty Ltd which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto Pty Ltd. Hamersley WA Pty Ltd has operations across the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Hopes Down 4 involves the development and operation of an above and below the water table greenfields iron ore mine and associated infrastructure. The infrastructure corridor which is the subject of the ILUA, will allow for the ore from the mine to be transported to existing rail infrastructure near the Hope Downs 1 Iron Ore Mine. The rail spur of 35km will allow for the iron ore to be transported to port facilities on the coast (Hamersley HMS Pty Ltd. 2010).

Native title background
The ILUA is located within the native title application of the Nyiyaparli people. The Nyiyaparli people lodged their native title application in 2005 over 36684.019 sq km in the Pilbara region. The application has been registered and is currently in mediation.

Representative body
Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) is the native title representative body for the traditional owners of the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia.

Related Entries

  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation
  • Hamersley HMS Pty Ltd
  • Rio Tinto Limited
  • People
  • Nyiyaparli people

  • Glossary

    Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Future Act (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) (Australia) | National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) (Australia) | Native Title (Australia)

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