title deal struck in northern NSW
massive native title deal has been struck in northern
NSW giving the Githabul people joint control of
19 national parks and state forests.
NSW government has agreed to hand over joint control
of part of the Githabul nation, which covers more
than 6000 sq km and straddles the NSW and Queensland
border near Mt Lindesay, The Australian newspaper
claim forms part of the biggest native title settlement
struck on the eastern seaboard in terms of area
and includes many picturesque NSW parks and the
World-Heritage listed Border Ranges and Toonumbar
elders are optimistic about the deal that includes
jobs and business opportunities and aims to help
communities end their dependence on welfare.
is reconciliation in a practical sense: we have
formed a business with the state government,"
Githabul claimant Trevor Close said.
deal follows the 1992 Mabo decision that recognised
the existence of native title, the 1996 Wik decision
that said native title could co-exist with pastoral
leases, and September's Noongar ruling, being
appealed, that recognised native title rights
over metropolitan Perth.
Environment Minister Bob Debus said the agreement
"acknowledges Aboriginal people as traditional
owners and gives them a greater say in how national
parks are managed and conserved".
Queensland government has refused to negotiate
over the claim for 10 years and the Queensland
areas will be dropped from the original claim
and pursued separately.
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