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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


Anindilyakwa Land Council annual report; Anindilyakwa Land Council strategic plan; Reports; PublicationNT




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Anindilyakwa Land Council (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Groote Eylandt -- Periodicals

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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 5. Goal A: Protect the Land and Sea 36 Conjunctive Mining Agreements: Full exploration and mining provisions are included in one agreement; Can provide more certainty on returns; Disadvantage is that it is a highly technical document and tends to be time consuming to develop; Also, it creates a scenario where the entry and conditions are negotiated before the extent of the resource is known. Disjunctive Agreements: Two different agreements; exploration agreement separate to mining Agreement; as is the case with the Eastern Leases; Creates the need to negotiate twice both for exploration conditions and later for mining conditions; Disadvantage is that it provides less certainty for both sides however, could be seen as providing a more acceptable progression for all parties; Allows definition of the resource before parties agree on terms. The end of current mining will also mean the loss of royalty payments for Anindilyakwa people. These payments and other social benefits have been a part of life for most Groote Eylandt locals over the past 50 years. The decisions that need to be made by the next generation of the community to allow mining elsewhere on Groote Eylandt including the Southern Leases will have to be informed decisions. Without substantial knowledge and communication to the Traditional Owners of the value of areas within the region, the ALC fears that culturally important areas may be lost to mining. While the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT 1976) does provide some protection of the area through the moratorium process, the overall protection into the future firmly sits with the Traditional Owners of the southern areas. It is a responsibility of the Land Council to ensure the Traditional Owners are fully informed and assisted where possible in restoring cultural knowledge of these important areas. The ALC must ensure full information is provided to all relevant Traditional Owners so that the correct decision is made.