(1) Subject to section 18C, where, on the vesting in a Land Trust of an estate in fee simple in land (hereinafter in this subsection referred to as the vested land ) that forms part of the Alligator Rivers Region, the vested land is being occupied or used by a person as provided for by a law of the Northern Territory relating to mining for minerals or with the licence or permission of the Crown:
(a) the person is entitled to continue that occupation or use during the period commencing on that vesting and ending:
(i) when the person or another person, having obtained a grant in respect of the land under the Atomic Energy Act 1953 or any other Act authorizing mining for minerals or any law of the Northern Territory, becomes, as such grantee, entitled, whether at the time of the grant or subsequently, to occupy or use the land; or
(ii) when the Minister, by notice in the Gazette , declares that he or she is satisfied that no grant of a kind referred to in subparagraph (i) will be made to any person; and
(b) any fixtures or other improvements constructed or erected on the vested land by the person before 17 May 1978, shall, during the period commencing at the commencement of the period referred to in paragraph (a) and ending:
(i) where a grant referred to in subparagraph (a)(i) is made--when that grant, or any extension or renewal of that grant, is revoked or otherwise ceases to operate; or
(ii) where the Minister makes a declaration under subparagraph (a)(ii)--when that declaration is published in the Gazette ;
be deemed to be the property of that person.
(2) A person who, by force of subsection (1):
(a) has a right to occupy or use land during a period; or
(b) has, during a period, a title to fixtures or other improvements constructed or erected on land;
may, with the consent of the Minister, transfer that right or title to another person and may, subject to any conditions or restrictions applicable by or under a law of the Commonwealth or of the Northern Territory, demolish or remove any such fixtures or other improvements during, or within 3 months after the expiration of, that period.
(3) In this section, Alligator Rivers Region means the Alligator Rivers Region as defined for the purposes of the Environment Protection (Alligator Rivers Region) Act 1978 , but does not include the land described in Schedule 2, being the land known as the Ranger Project Area.