The Ord Final Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between the Government, the Miriuwung Gajerrong Traditional Owners and private sector developer interests, brings to an end one of the largest and most complex native title negotiation projects in Australia. The Agreement was finalised in September 2005.
The Ord Final Agreement was registered on 16 August 2006, binding all parties to the terms of the Ord Final Agreement. The ILUA covers approximately 1450 square kilometres of land in the Kimberley, and provides certainty for the future development of the region. On 31 August 2007, the WA Government handed back 50,000ha of land near the WA and NT border (known as Yardungarrl), to the Miriuwung Gajerrong people.
resolves native title and heritage issues affecting approximately 65,000ha of land around Kununurra and Lake Argyle, paving the way for Ord Stage 2, and other agricultural, industrial and residential developments
releases the Government from any liability for compensation in relation to the Miriuwung Gajerrong 1 and Miriuwung Gajerrong 4 native title claims
provides for the creation of six conservation parks covering approximately 154,000 hectares
will accelerate economic development in the East Kimberley Region, creating long overdue employment opportunities in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Western Australia
summary about the agreement on the Agreement, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements website.
Lessons Learned: an evaluation of the framework of the negotiations for the Ord Final Agreement 2006 (PDF 2.74MB)