Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
|Date: ||21 June 2011|
|Date To: ||Not specified|
|Sub Category:||Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) (Native Title Act)|
|Place:||65 km west north-west of Cooktown and north of Laura|
|State/Country:||Queensland , Australia|
|The area subject to this agreement covers about 5451 square kilometres. The area is within the Cook Shire Council.|
|Legal Status: ||Registered on the National Native Title Tribunal Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements on 6 February 2012. This is an authorized Area Agreement under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth|
|Legal Reference: ||QI2011/052|
|Subject Matter:||Access | Environmental Heritage | Land Use | Native Title|
|Summary Information: |
|The Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was agreed between:
- the State of Queensland; and
- Tommy George (Snr), Eric Harrigan (Snr), Elizabeth Lakefield, Francis Lee Cheu, Lewis Musgrave, Hans Pearson and Paul Turpin.
The purpose of this agreement is to arrage co-management of the Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park between the State and the native title holders. |
|Detailed Information: |
|Details of the agreement
The agreement commences on 21 June 2011, except for clauses 5, 6, 10 and 11 which commence on the registration date (6 February 2012).
The parties agreed to the following future acts:
- The agreement is binding while it is on the Register of ILUA's. It is binding on all native title holders, in the same way as it binds the native title parties to this ILUA;
- the parties consent to certain acts and validate any invalidly completed acts;
- the right to negotiate does not apply;
- benefits to be provided by the state are in the form on compensation and the state will not be liable for any claim;
- If any of the land falling within the ILUA area is longer required for quarry material and water extraction the State will endeavour to turn it back into a National Park and Aboriginal land held by the land trust.
Following two decades of negotiations, the Queensland government has transferred ownership of the Lakefield National Park on the Cape York Peninsula back to its traditional owners. The handover took place on 22 June 2011, when the park was renamed Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land) in recognition of a turtle story that originates from Blue Lagoon.
The handover marks the beginning of a co-management arrangement between the Queensland government and eight local indigenous groups: the Lamalama people, the Kuku Thaypan people, the Bagaarrmugu clan, the Mbarimakarranma clan, the Muunydyiwarra clan, the Magarrmagarrwarra clan, the Balnggarrwarra clan and the Gunduurwarra clan. The traditional owners will be represented by a land trust, and will be involved in managing the park and protecting its cultural and natural heritage in partnership with state government rangers.
In furtherance of this joint management arrangement, the Queensland government will commit $190,000 in funding for service contracts and park works, as well as $10,000 per year for the training of local indigenous park rangers.
The Lakefield National Park is the second-largest national park in Queensland, and is also the third national park in Cape York to be returned to its traditional owners. The transfer of ownership forms part of a commitment by the Queensland government to implement joint management arrangements and transfers of title with respect to all 30 national parks on the Cape York Peninsula.