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Wik & Wik Way People and Piccaninny Plains Pastoral Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)

Date: 8 February 2013
Sub Category:Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)
Place:Piccaninny Plains Pastoral Lease, Cape York Peninsula
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
The ILUA is located within the Determination Area of native title made by Consent Determination on 11 October 2012. This determination area covers land and waters within the state of Queensland, about 294 sq km over part of Lot 2 on SP140870 (Piccaninny Plains Pastoral Lease) and approx 110 km southeast of Weipa. The Agreement Area is located within the Cook Shire Council.
Legal Status: Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 2 February 2013. This is an authorised Indigenous Land Use Agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Legal Reference: National Native Title Tribunal File No.:QI2012/079
Subject Matter:Access | Pastoral Activities
Summary Information:
The ILUA was agreed between:

- Anthony Kerindun, Victor Kuukumu Lawrence, Hogan Shortjoe and Silas Wolmby on their own behalf and on behalf of the Wik & Wik Way People;

- Ngan Aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC;

- the Australian Wildlife Conservancy; and

- The Tony and Lisette Lewis Settlement Pty Ltd

on 2 February 2013.

The purpose of the area agreement is to provide consent for a range of acts, whether or not they are 'future acts', regarding the reduction in the Agreement Area.
Detailed Information:
Details of the Agreement

The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) Extract notes that Clause 6 of the Agreement provides for a reduction in the Agreement Area.

It states that where a lease or part of a lease in the agreement area is:
- surrendered or expires and where that area of the agreement is not intended to continue to be used for pastoral purposes or
- it is transferred so that the provisions of sections 47 or 47A of the Native Title Act 1993 can be relied upon which state that prior extinguishment of native title rights can be disregarded in the case of a pastoral lease or a reserve
then the agreement area shall be reduced by the area of land and waters in the agreement area to which the Lease no longer applies or to which the transfer of the Lease applies.

Further the ILUA states that if all of the Native Title rights and interests in relation to part of the agreement area are validly compulsorily acquired, then the agreement area shall be reduced to the extent to which the Native Title rights and interests have been compulsorily acquired.


The Agreement was registered on 2 February 2013. The Agreement does not specify an end date.

The ILUA commenced on 29 August 2012 with Clauses 1 - 4, 7.2 and 16 - 26 of the Agreement commencing on this date. The remaining clauses of the Agreement commenced on the Native Title Determination Date, being 11 October 2012.

Native Title Provisions

The Extract notes that there are no statements within the Agreement of the kind which are mentioned in 24EB(1) or 24EBA(1) or (4) of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), and so the consequences set out under these sections are not triggered by this agreement.

This means that the ILUA does not:

- provide consent for the doing of any acts by
non-native title parties;

- effect the right of the native title parties to negotiate with non-native title parties proposing to undertake a future act; nor

- validate any previous future acts.

Native Title in the ILUA Area

The agreement area is subject to the decision of Wik and Wik Way Native Title Claim Group v State of Queensland [2012] FCA 1096. This consent determination recognised non-exclusive native title rights over 4,500 square kilometres of land and waters. The determination area comprised several separate pastoral leases known as the Watson River Lease, the Kendall River Lease, the Piccaninny Plains Lease, the Leconsfield Lease (also known as the Crystalvale Lease) and the Merluna Lease which is the subject of this area ILUA.

The Wik & Wik Way People possess native title rights over more than 28,000 around Aurukun and Weipa.

Related Entries

  • Wik and Wik Way Native Title Claim Group v State of Queensland [2012] FCA 1096 (Determination No. 4)
  • Wik Timber Project Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Organisation
  • Ngan Aak Kunch Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC - Signatory
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy - Signatory
  • The Tony and Lisette Lewis Settlement Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Regulations 1999 (Cth)
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title Amendment Act 1998 (Cth)
  • People
  • Anthony Kerindun and others on their own behalf and for and on behalf of the Wik and Wik Way Peoples - Signatory
  • Anthony Kerindun & others on behalf of the Wik and Wik Way Native Title Claim Group - Signatory

  • Glossary

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Australia) | Aboriginal Corporation (Australia) | Area Agreement (Australia) | Consent Determination (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Lease | National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) (Australia) | Native Title (Australia) | Native Title Determination (Australia) | Native Title Registers | Party to an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Australia)

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