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Merlin Diamond Mine Northern Territory and the Wurdaliya and Wuyaliya Peoples Agreement

Date: 16 June 1998
Sub Category:Future Act Agreement (Native Title Act)
Place:Borroloola Region
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter:Employment and Training | Mining and Minerals | Compensation | Cultural Heritage | Native Title
Summary Information:
An agreement between joint venture developers Ashton Mining and Aberfoyle Resources with the Wurdaliya and Wuyaliya peoples allows a diamond mine near Borroloola in the Northern Territory to proceed. The Agreement was negotiated by the Northern Land Council (NLC), and the Northern Territory Government is also a signatory.
Detailed Information:
The agreement with the native title claimants was concluded within six months of lodging a Section 29 notice as required by the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). The Agreement provides for upfront compensation, annual royalty payments, sacred site protection, access for traditional purposes, and employment and training of local Aboriginal people. The project creates 100 construction jobs and 60 jobs during operation. The NLC has established two Associations to receive benefits from the agreement on behalf of native title holders.

Related Entries

  • Ashton Mining - Signatory
  • Northern Land Council
  • Aberfoyle Resources Limited - Signatory
  • Northern Territory of Australia - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • People
  • Wuyaliya People - Signatory
  • Wurdaliya People - Signatory

  • Glossary

    Future Act Agreement (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia)

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