The Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners' compensation package
This settlement agreement will not impact existing leases, licenses, and other rights and interests in the agreement area. Recreational activities, such as hunting and fishing will also not be impacted. The Aboriginal title granted in this settlement will be held on trust by the DDWCAC for the Dja Dja Wurrung People, and many national parks and reserves will be managed in partnership with the State.
Grants of Freehold title
The DDWCAC will be granted two properties of cultural significance at Franklinford and Carisbrook that were formerly held by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and are now unreserved Crown land.
These properties are granted in freehold title to the DDWCAC and held in trust for the benefit of the Dja Dja Warung people.
Joint management of certain areas
Certain areas within the agreement area will be jointly managed by the State and the Dja Dja Wurrung people via the establishment of the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board. The majority of members are to be nominated by the DDWCAC and the remaining to be nominated by the State. This allows for State government sectors to continue to carry out day-to-day management; including fire and catchment management; whilst also recognising and respecting the Dja Dja Wurrung culture and improving public education and conservation.
Grants of six parks and reserves
Six national parks and reserves fall in the agreement area and will be transferred to DDWCAC as 'Aboriginal title', they are:
- Greater Bendigo National Park,
- Kara Kara National Park (that part which falls within the agreement area),
- Hepburn Regional Park,
- Kooyoora State Park,
- Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve, and
- Paddy's Range State Park.
The parks and reserves will be jointly managed by the State and the Dja Dja Wurrung people via the Dhelkunya Dja Management Board, which will be established on commencement of the settlement.
The transfer of the parks and reserves to Aboriginal title will not affect the existing use and access of these areas. While the parks and reserves are to be managed under the same Act by which they have been reserved, the joint management plan must be approved by the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, following public consultation.
Land Use Activity Agreement (LUAA)
The Dja Dja Warung Land Use Activity Agreement commenced on 25 October 2013 and is the first LUAA to be made under the TOS Act. It is intended that LUUAs will create a simpler regime, than the future act regime of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), for managing activities on public land that may impact the rights of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.
The LUAA will allow the Dja Dja Wurrung people to have a say or consent to certain activities on Crown land.
For details, please see the State Government of Victoria Reference below for the Dja Dja Wurrung Land Use Activity Agreement.
Natural Resource Agreement
The Dja Dja Wurrung people hold several rights to natural resources under this settlement agreement. These include:
- the right to hunt, fish and gather in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in an 'Authorization order' or, where applicable, the rules and regulations governing recreational access by the public;
- Dja Dja Wurrung people will not need to pay for or hold any license in relation to these rights, but will need to demonstrate they are a member of the traditional owner group; and
- limited bushcraft manufacturing for commercial use.
There will be annual reports and monitoring of the taking of natural resources by the Dja Dja Wurrung people for the purposes of sustainability. These recognised rights of the Dja Dja Wurrung people do not affect the access of existing recreational fishers and hunters.