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Applications for the state government's Resources Community Infrastructure Fund (RCIF) now require a declaration that applicants have undertaken investigations to ensure there are no native title implications for the project which is the subject of the funding request. This requirement will continue to develop as a prerequisite for state and federal government grants.
The High Court’s award of $2.5 million compensation to native title holders in Timber Creek, a township in the Northern Territory, was the first time in history that the compensation provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 were given effect. For the first time, a value was calculated for the 'spiritual harm' and disconnection with country caused to the Indigenous traditional owners. The claim by the Ngaliwurru and Nungali native title holders, related to rights extinguished by the construction of roads and infrastructure by the Northern Territory government in the 1980s and 1990s. It has been described as the most important Native Title decision since Mabo in 1992 and offers a precedent for further compensation claims to be made.And progressively, similar claims have been made emphasising the importance of councils to be proactive before undertaking any form of public works for communities. The integrated Management Portal for Aboriginal and Cultural Heritage and Native Title portal was developed to resolve this issue for organisations.
The Timber Creek case is a wake-up call for local and state governments Australia wide. Spreading the news and ideas learnt from this case will not only assist governments and others to avoid financial harm but also help conserve native title rights and cultural heritage values. I’d never heard of terms like 'solatium' and had no knowledge of the difference between Past Acts and Future Acts. This session at the conference has focussed my attention on three important elements: follow the process diligently to ensure validity of works, keep robust records of works, and consider a contingency budget for native title. It was a very memorable experience, and I now have a good basis from which to learn more about NT & CH Compliance via these presentations and the developing portals.
Michael Williams, Cultural Heritage & Environmental Officer, GBA Consulting Engineers
07 3632 6800