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Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council v Minister for Lands for the State of NSW [2011] FCA 383

Category: Case Law
Date: 15 April 2011
Sub Category:Case Law | Unopposed Determination
Location:Barden Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
The determination area is Lot 200 in Deposited Plan 1136781 in Lucas Heights, south west of Sydney. The determination area is approximately 9.13 hectares.
Legal Status: Registered on the National Native Title Register.
Legal Reference: Federal Court No: NSD19/2010; National Native Title Tribunal No: NN10/1.
Subject Matter:Land Use | Native Title
URL: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2011/383.html
Summary Information:
Between: Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (APPLICANT) and

Minister for Lands for the State of NSW (FIRST RESPONDENT) and

NTSCORP Limited (SECOND RESPONDENT)

Judge: Perram J
Where made: Sydney

Determination: native title does not exist in the determination area.
Detailed Information:
Facts

This is an unopposed determination, non-claimant application under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

The Applicant, Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council, is a Local Aboriginal Land Council under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW). Under that Act, it is entitled to claim 'claimable' Crown land, and if successful, is entitled to a fee simple estate over that land. The applicant made such a claim over the determination area. Before the determination area could be conveyed to the applicant, it needed to establish that the determination area was not subject to any pre-existing native title rights and interests. For this reason, it applied to the court for an 'approved determination' that native title does not exist under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Decision

Perram J held that native title did not exist over the subject land.

Perram J was hesitant to make such a determination because the applicant did not present evidence from a person with 'knowledge of the existence or otherwise of a native title interests'. Nonetheless, Perram J held that there was no evidence that the land was subject to native title and, given that the applicant had complied with the notification procedure prescribed under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), he held that native title did not exist in the determination area.

Related Entries

Organisation
  • NTSCorp Limited - Respondent
  • State of New South Wales - Respondent
  • Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council - Native Title Applicants
  • Legislation
  • Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)

  • References

    General Reference
    National Native Title Tribunal (2011) Non-claimant Application Summary - Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council #5
    National Native Title Tribunal (2011) NSW - Native title Determination Summary - Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council

    Glossary

    Unopposed Determination (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) | Native Title Determination (Australia)

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