Indigenous Land Use Agreements

1. *I/*We, [name(s) of applicant(s), including all Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander names, oppose the registration of [Name of Alternative Procedure Agreement and NNTT File Number (if known)] 6 Application for Registration of Association Agreements (Act ยง 24BG) 4 The agreement known as the Western Cape Communities Coexistence Agreement concerns one of the largest bauxite mines in the world now operated by Rio Tinto Je I did. It is also known as the Comalco Indigenous Pays Use Agreement (ILUA). Signatories include 11 traditional ownership groups in Queensland, four Aboriginal community councils (Aurukun, Napranum, Mapoon and New Mapoon), Comalco Aluminium Limited and Cape York Land Council, on behalf of local titles. The Queensland Government is also a signatory and has agreed to provide additional financial benefits upon registration of the agreement. The ILUA includes two mining leases, but it provides for the approval of all “extensions, renewals or replacements” necessary for access to and transport of materials between areas. The parties also agree that Queensland Ports Corporation grants the country and rights necessary for the operator to fulfill its interests in the contract territory, including the shipment of goods to and from Weipa. The ILUA clarifies that this consent is not intended to “exclude the application of laws relating to the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage or the protection of the environment”. The NSW Government may negotiate an ILUA with national rights holders through the management of public land located on its territory. This may include the entire right to national title and different land ownership regimes may be managed by one or more government authorities. These agreements allow people to negotiate flexible and pragmatic agreements that fit their particular circumstances. Alternatively, the Native Title Act allows national title groups and other interested parties to voluntarily enter into agreements known as Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILAAs). ILUAs can cover both future actions (e.g.

B exploration or mining activities) and future activities (e.g. B user and access agreements governing coexent rights). Upon registration, ILUA shall bind all parties and holders of national securities to the terms of the agreement. This manual discusses the different types of agreements that might be relevant to your application. We strongly support agreements because they allow the parties to resolve native title requirements through negotiations and not through costly and lengthy litigation. The Centre for Mining Social Responsibility has developed a guide on entering into agreements with indigenous groups, which contains useful case studies of successful mining and resource development projects on local cover lands. 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of Argyle`s pioneering participation agreement between Rio Tinto and the mine`s traditional owners, Gija and Mirriuwung. When the participation agreement was signed ten years ago, it set a new benchmark in Australia for land use agreements between commodity companies and traditional owners: it created not only income streams for future generations of local aborigines, but also important training opportunities, employment and business development and a voice for Aborigines in mining decisions that influence their interests. . . .