The 2007 ceremony at Woodenbong to mark a native title victory in Federal Parliament for the Githabul people.
The 2007 ceremony at Woodenbong to mark a native title victory in Federal Parliament for the Githabul people.

Native title in disarray

ELDERS from the Githabul people will come together on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of stepping away from their Native Title agreement with the NSW Government.

The Githabul won native title in the Federal Government in 2007 over 6000 square kilometres of land after a 12-year battle against the NSW Government.

The agreement was officially registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on August 15, 2007, making it a legally binding agreement.

The consent determination of the agreement covers national parks and state forests in Kyogle, Woodenbong and Tenterfield.

Githabul elder Doug Williams said the NSW Government had still not transferred the title deed to the Githabul people, and they had now grown tired of waiting.

A decision about how toproceed would be made at Wednesday’s meeting.

A spokesperson from the NSW Land and Property Management Authority said the agreement was still on track and the first block of land was currently in the process of being transferred into the name of the Githabul Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

“Following the signing of the ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the Githabul people raised issues regarding council rates liability and surveying of the land, which were not part of the original agreement,” the spokesperson said.

“This has slowed the transfer process while they have been addressed.

“However, the NSW Government is hopeful these issues have now been resolved and the agreement can progress.”



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