Recognition Settlement Agreement Re-negotiation

The Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 is a Victorian law which provides for an out-of-court settlement of native title and resolution of land justice.

The Act allows the Victorian Government to make agreements with Traditional Owners to recognise their relationship to land and provide for certain rights on Crown land and other benefits.

In return for entering into a settlement agreement, Traditional Owners must agree to withdraw any native title claim they have

pursuant to the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993, and to not make a claim in the future.

Traditional Owner groups may still pursue a formal determination of native title under the Native Title Act 1993, through the Federal Court process if they wish.

What does the Gunaikurnai Recognition and Settlement Agreement include?

The Agreement area extends from West Gippsland, near Warragul, east to the Snowy River and north to the Great Dividing Range. It also extends 200 metres offshore. The determination of native title under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) covers the same area. Both the Agreement and the Native Title determination only affect Crown land within this area.

The Agreement outlines:
– transfer of Aboriginal title over ten national parks and reserves to the Gunaikurnai people to be jointly managed with the State
– rights for the Gunaikurnai people to access and use Crown land for traditional purposes, including hunting, fishing, camping and gathering, in accordance with existing laws
– funding for the Gunaikurnai to invest in economic development and cultural strengthening opportunities and to meet their obligations under the settlement.
– an undertaking to develop protocols to recognise the Gunaikurnai people and strengthen the Gunaikurnai culture.

RSA Re-negotiation

We have finished a report to help guide GLaWAC in our RSA re-negotiations, you can read it here.

The RSA Re-Negotiations give Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners the opportunity to build on the Agreement put in place in 2010 after many years of hard work by our Elders.

It’s not about starting out again– it’s about adding to what we have, making it better and getting improved outcomes as we build our own capacity and capability to manage.

We will be convening meetings both face to face and online, based on Covid-19 rules.

What else?

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How to have a say

If you would like to provide input, share knowledge on these matters, or if you are interested in joining one of our Board sub-committees, please use the form below.

Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy

Recently, the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) and the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Water Study have sought public submissions on proposals on how to rehabilitate the mine pits, and the region, as the coal mines close.
GLaWAC has made submissions to express our views, see the most recent submission which was in response to Questions and Answers posed by the Government here:
LVRRS Overview GLaWAC submission_220120_web (LINK REQUIRED)
Our understanding is the draft Latrobe Valley RRS is expected to be released in June for public consultation. GLaWAC’s role in the Rehabilitation Strategy has included Troy McDonald having a place at the table on the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, which reports directly to the Minister for Resources. There’s an opportunity for another Gunaikurnai rep on the committee, if you’re keen and want more information you can contact Troy directly (you can ring through GLaWAC).