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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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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 48 DECLARE AN INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREA OVER THE SEAS An Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is an area of Indigenous-owned land or sea where Traditional Owners have entered into an agreement with the Australian Government to promote biodiversity and cultural resource conservation. In return the Government agrees to give some support to the Traditional Owners to carry out the land management work required to conserve its ecological and cultural value. Groote Eylandt has an IPA over its terrestrial territory already but not over the sea yet. IPAs come into existence by asking all interested parties in the area to agree to the management plan and the critical role of rangers in the protection of that area. This of course means getting groups with very divergent interests to agree to the IPA and its plan. For Groote Eylandt this has meant having commercial and recreational fishing groups agree to the plan as well as government departments that have a role in land and sea like quarantine, marine safety and resources and the environment. Once everyone agrees to support the IPA it is then dedicated and then the government is turned to for support and funding of the ranger groups that will protect the area. The rangers with this funding then carry out the roles and activities spelled out in the Management Plan. ACTIONS: 22. Formally invite politicians and TOs to a meeting to dedicate the revised IPA, which includes the seas around Bickerton Island and Groote Eylandt. APPLY BLUE MUD BAY HIGH COURT RULING TO GROOTE EYLANDT The Blue Mud Bay Decision, handed down by the High Court on 30 July 2008, is relevant in relation to the above by expanding the Aboriginal Land definition under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to include inter-tidal zones. This decision confirmed that Aboriginal land extended out to the low tide mark and not the high tide mark. This inter-tidal zone is rich in crabs and barramundi. The Decision also makes it clear that a fishing licence granted under the Northern Territory Fisheries Act, does not entitle the licensee to enter or remain on Aboriginal land or fish in waters on Aboriginal land without the permission of the relevant Land Council. The conditions of the permit therefore prevail over the terms of the fishing licence, although the ALC has agreed to interim access arrangements for commercial and recreational fishers and other water users for waters overlying Aboriginal land pending the outcome of Blue Mud Bay settlement negotiations between Land Councils and the NT Government. The ALC is in negotiations with the NT Government, which is potentially offering funds for perpetual access to the inter-tidal zone around Groote Eylandt for fishing.