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Gingirana People and Sandfire Resources Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Category: Agreement
Date: 24 January 2012
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
State/Country:Western Australia, Australia
The area subject to this agreement covers about 650 square kilometres located approximately 115 kilometres south of Newman.
Legal Status: Registered on the National Native Title Tribunal Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 24 January 2011. This is an authorized Area Agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Legal Reference: Tribunal File Number: WI2011/009
Subject Matter:Future Act | Mining and Minerals
Summary Information:
This agreement is an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between:

- Billy Atkins, Miriam Atkins, Slim Williams, Kate George, Stan Hill and Anthony Charles in their capacity as the registered native title claimant for the Gingirana People; and
- Sandfire Resources NL.

The purpose of this agreement is to secure a mining interest over the ILUA area for Sandfire Resources.
Detailed Information:
Details of the Agreement

Commencement and Termination

The agreement came into effect on the day that the parties signed the agreement. This date has not been released, therefore it is uncertain when the agreement became active. The agreement will continue for as long as Sandfire Resources has an interest in any Mining Tenement or Ancillary Title in the ILUA Area. However, this agreement can be terminated by the agreement of the parties, recorded in writing.

Future Acts

The parties agreed to a number of future acts, subject to the compliance by the parties with the ILUA and also the agreement entitled "Gingirana LAA (with provision for an ILUA)" and dated 18 November 2010.

These future acts generally relate to the granting of a Mining Tenement or Ancillary Title to Sandgate Resources. Grant is used in broad sense and covers a grant, renewal, amalgamation or variation. Specific future acts are listed in Schedule B.

Right to Negotiate

The Right to Negotiate as expressed in Part 2, Division 3, Subdivision P of the Native Title Act does not apply any future act.


Sandfire Resources' Doolgunna Copper-Gold Project is located 900km north of Perth and approximately 150km north of Meekatharra, Western Australia. The project area lies close to a number of existing and historical gold mines and infrastructure including the Goldfields Gas Pipeline and Great Northern Highway. Within the Doolgunna project operates a secondary project, the DeGrussa Project. The area covered by this secondary project is the area which affects this ILUA.

To facilitate this Project Sandfire Resources have signed two ILUAs - this ILUA with the Gingirana People and an additional ILUA with the Yugunga Nya Native Title Claimant Group. These ILUA's have allowed for Sandfire Resources to be granted the necessary Mining Lease by the Western Australian Government to undertake activities in these areas.

The Yugunga-Nya ILUA resulted in both financial and non-financial benefits including employment and contracting opportunities. Such details have not been released with regards to this ILUA, however, it is likely that similar financial and non-financial benefits will result.

Related Entries

  • Sandfire Resources NL
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • People
  • Billy Atkins, Miriam Atkins, Slim Williams, Kate George, Stan Hill and Anthony Charles in their capacity as the registered native title claimant for the Gingirana People

  • Glossary

    Future Act (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Mining Agreement (Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth)) (Australia) | Native Title (Australia) | Party to an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Australia) | Right To Negotiate (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia)

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