Gariwerd Native Title Group
Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Gundjitj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation and Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation lodged a native title claim over Gariwerd National Park (the Grampians) in May 2016.
Representatives from each group met in Dunkeld in June 2016 to discuss management of shared country, and to consider the possibility of pursuing settlement with the State through the processes available under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic).
The meeting was later attended by the new CEO and senior staff of Parks Victoria to discuss a basis for a new relationship with traditional owners in light of the native claim.
Representatives of the 3 groups will meet again in August to hopefully finalise management arrangements, which will then be taken back to each of the groups for endorsement.
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC)
DDWCAC continues to successfully implement the settlement that commenced in October 2013. It is successfully managing its Natural Resource Management business, and striving to provide planning for joint management of Parks subject to Aboriginal title within its settlement area. The board continues to routinely monitor works which take place on all crown land within its area, and is able to regularly negotiate community benefits, including payments and access to contracts for its enterprise arm.
The Taungurung negotiation team met in Yea on 30 April 2016 to carry out a planning day for ongoing negotiations with the State, and to discuss possible components of a settlement package . The Full Group met at Camp Jungai on 4 June 2016, and was updated on the current status of negotiations, and also adopted the Country Plan, and discussed and provided guidance to the negotiation team on various boundary issues.
A further negotiation meeting is to take place with the State in late July or early August, where it is hoped further progress will be made.
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (GMTOAC)
In 2013 the State of Victoria and the Gunditjmara completed a review of the 2007 Gunditjmara native title settlement agreements with a view to concluding, following negotiations, a new set of agreements under theTraditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic). These negotiations were concluded in 2015, with the Gunditjmara Full Group resolving to decline the offer from the State of Victoria.
NTSV continues to advise and support GMTOAC in relation to its role as trustee of the native title rights and interests of the Gunditjmara native title holders, including in relation tovarious future act matters.
First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee
The first People of the Millewa-Mallee have won the first step in the process to achieve their native title claim. The National Native Title Tribunal has assessed the claim against a set of 12 conditions and approved it for registration. This entitles the First People of the Millewa-Mallee to the immediate right to negotiate with developers about any activities that might have impact on their claim.
NTSV has also worked with traditional owners to develop and register their corporation and to assist the corporation lodge a Registered Aboriginal Party application. Whole of country and economic development planning to inform and complement discussions and negotiations is also likely to commence early in 2016.
Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BGLC)
In December 2015, BGLC celebrated the tenth anniversary of the 2005 consent determination with a community dinner that brought people together from around the state. The Wotjobaluk determination was the first positive determination of native title in south east Australia.
NTSV assisted the BGLC with a review of their 2005 native title settlement agreements with the State in the second half of 2013 and as a result, both the State and the Wotjobaluk
Peoples have agreed to commence re-negotiation of the Agreements.
Throughout 2015, NTSV facilitated the involvement of the Right People for Country project to assist the BGLC engage and consult with the broader native title group and to develop capacity in preparation for the renegotiations. This process is now complete. Whole of country and economic development planning to inform and complement the renegotiations has now commenced.
NTSV continues to provide on-going support and assistance to BGLC on governance and future act matters.
NTSV has worked with the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung community for several years, including in relation to boundary negotiations and also through the preparation of research to support a potential claim over Melbourne and surrounds under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic).
In late 2015, a Threshold Statement (Part A) was lodged with the State of Victoria by the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung Traditional Owner group over Melbourne and surrounds. Whole of country and economic development planning to inform and complement negotiations will commence shortly, as will discussions about the finalisation of the “Part B” section of the Threshold Statement.
NTSV continues to provide on-going support and assistance to the Wurundjeri about boundary matters.
Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (EMAC)
NTSV and the Eastern Maar continue to work towards commencing formal negotiations under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act for settlement of their native title claim. The Eastern Maar submitted a new Threshold Statement to the State in 2014 and continues to undertake the work required to meet the State’s threshold requirements.
The EMAC Board has worked tirelessly to build capacity, to develop policies and procedures, is close to completing country planning and is in the process of undertaking economic development planning.
Gunaikurnai Land & Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC)The Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation continues to successfully implement its native title settlement agreements and is growing substantially under the direction of the Board. GLaWAC continues to create employment for Gunaikurnai people through the ranger program and the natural resource management works crew. NTSV is currently assisting GLaWAC with a restructure of the organisation to meet its growing needs.
NTSV continues to assist with the progress of negotiations with land developers, including exploration and mining companies on Gunaikurnai country and its claim over Wilson Prom.