Historic Githabul agreement signed

The largest-ever native title deal on the eastern seaboard delivering employment opportunities, freehold land and co-management of national parks to the Githabul People was signed in Woodenbong yesterday.

The Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) means the Githabul People now have joint management over 20 national parks and state forests in the Kyogle and Tenterfield areas.

Following registration of the ILUA the parties will apply to the Federal Court for a consent determination which will enable the Githabul People to practice their traditional laws and customs including the right to access and camp on the areas, as well as hunt, fish and gather plants for personal use.

The agreement includes the freehold transfer of 20 parcels of public land, approximately 102 hectares, and will ensure the protection of culturally significant sites.


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