New South Wales native title deal signed; covers 6,000 sq.km.





A historic native title land use agreement covering vast tracts of north-east NSW will be signed on Wednesday, adding weight to a Federal Court native title claim over the same area.

The NSW government deal also puts pressure on Queensland to reach a similar arrangement with the Githabul people.

Parts of the Githabul nation straddles the NSW and Queensland border near Mt Lindesay and covers more than 6,000 square kilometres.

The NSW agreement, 10 years in the making, recognises the Githabul people's ongoing physical and spiritual connection to the land.

The largest indigenous land use agreement in Australia's eastern states will be signed on Wednesday at a ceremony in Woodenbong, in northern NSW.

It will give the Githabul people joint managerial control of World Heritage listed national parks and control over future development on some areas of crown and leasehold land.


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