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Windlab Development Pty Ltd and Yirendali People Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Category: Agreement
Date: 7 February 2012
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
State/Country:Queensland , Australia
The area subject to this agreement covers approximately 3,316 sq km and is located in the vicinity of Hughenden. Hughenden is 376km southwest of Townsville and 519km east of Mt Isa. This area is described and shown on a map in Schedule 1. Both the description and the map are attached below. This area is within the jurisdiction of the Flinders Shire Council
Legal Status: Registered on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 7 February 2012. This is an authorised area agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal file no.: QI2011/050
Subject Matter:Green Energy | Housing, Construction and Infrastructure
Summary Information:

The Windlab Development Pty Ltd and Yirendali People Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) is an agreement between:

  • Windlab Developments Pty Ltd; and
  • James Hill, Martina Jacobs and Jeffrey Lammermoor on their own behalf and on behalf of the Yirendali People.

The purpose of the agreement is to provide consent for the building of a renewable energy generation project within the ILUA area. The project includes the installation of a wind farm, transmission line, and any other suitable commercial-scale solar generation and/or biomass generation plant.

The Native Title Representative Body for this area is the North Queensland Land Council Native Title Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation.

Detailed Information:

Background to the Agreement

According to Windlab Pty Ltd, the Prairie Wind Farm it proposes for development in the ILUA area is expected to generate up to 800MW of power from about 100 turbines (Windlab) This renewable energy project has the capacity to provide clean energy to meet the needs of one in six Queensland homes (Windlab). The Prairie Wind Farm will connect to the proposed CopperString 2.0 transmission line, which will connect the Townsville electricity grid to Mount Isa and surrounding localities (Windlab).

The Prairie Wind Farm will be the first project developed by Windlab Pty Ltd and its strategic partner, Fortescue Future Industries, as part of Stage 1 of the North Queensland Super Hub (Windlab, December 2022). The North Queensland Super Hub is a renewable energy facility that could generate more than 10 GW of wind and solar energy and underpin industrial-scale production of green hydrogen. 

As of November 2022, Windlab has not started construction but is recording the wind profile in the area (Windlab, December 2002).

Commencement and Termination

The agreement commenced on the day the agreement was executed by all the parties (9 July 2011). It operates as an ILUA and in relation to its future act provisions from the date it was entered into the National Native Title Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (7 February 2012).

Subject to Clause 15 (which provides for termination of the ILUA in certain circumstances but not included in the Extract), the ILUA will operate for the life of the project and the duration of the agreed acts.

Native Title Provisions

The Right to negotiate

In relation to the future acts in the ILUA area, the parties agree that the right to negotiate provisions of the NTA under Subdivision P, Division 3, Part 2 of the Act do not apply.


The parties agree that the non-extinguishment principle applies. This means that under s 24EB(3) of the NTA, any of the activities authorised under this ILUA which may be inconsistent with native title rights and interests do not extinguish these rights and interests. Instead, they are revived when the activities are finished.

Future act provisions

The parties agree to:

  • the undertaking of the renewable energy project. This means the installation of equipment for the purpose of renewable energy generation including the construction and operation of wind turbine generators, access tracks, electrical cabling, substations, a maintenance facility, a transmission line to connect to the electricity grid at Hughenden, any other works necessary or related to connecting the project, any other suitable commercial-scale solar generation and/or biomass generation plant; and
  • the grant, variation, extension, or renewal of any approval that Windlab reasonably considers necessary or desirable to undertake the renewable energy project on any part of the ILUA Area.

Native Title in the ILUA Area

The ILUA area is within the area of the native title determination Hill on behalf of the Yirendali People v State of Queensland [2017] FCA 273 (Yirendali People Core Country Claim).

Related Entries

  • North Queensland Land Council (NQLC)
  • Windlab Development Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • People
  • James Hill, Martina Jacobs and Jeffrey Lammermoor on their own behalf and on behalf of the Yirendali People - Signatory

  • References

    General Reference
    Windlab Prairie Wind Farm [Website]
    Media Release
    Windlab (December 2022) Community Update-November 2022


    National Native Title Tribunal Extract from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements for QI2011/050 as at 16/11/2023 (Windlab Developments Pty Ltd and Yirendali People) - ( PDF | PDF | PDF)


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