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TERRITORY PARKS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ACT - SECT 25AO

Functions of Land Councils in relation to parks and reserves

    (1)     Pursuant to section 23(2) of ALRA, the following functions are conferred on a Land Council:

        (a)     to ascertain and express the wishes and the opinion of Aboriginals living in its area as to the management of the parks and reserves in that area and as to appropriate legislation concerning those parks and reserves;

        (b)     to protect the interests of the traditional Aboriginal owners of, and other Aboriginals interested in, those parks and reserves;

        (c)     to consult with the traditional Aboriginal owners of, and other Aboriginals interested in, those parks and reserves about the use of those parks and reserves;

        (d)     to negotiate with persons desiring to obtain an estate or interest (including a licence) in any of those parks or reserves on behalf of the traditional Aboriginal owners of that park or reserve and any other Aboriginals interested in that park or reserve;

        (e)     to supervise, and provide administrative and other assistance to, the Park Land Trusts holding, or established to hold, park freehold title in parks and reserves in its area.

    (2)     In carrying out its functions under subsection (1) in relation to a park or reserve in its area, a Land Council must have regard to the interests of, and must consult with, the traditional Aboriginal owners of the park or reserve and any other Aboriginals interested in the park or reserve and, in particular, must not take any action (including, but not limited to, the giving or withholding of consent in any matter in connection with the park freehold title held by a Park Land Trust) unless the Land Council is satisfied that:

        (a)     the traditional Aboriginal owners of the park or reserve understand the nature and purpose of the proposed action and, as a group, consent to it; and

        (b)     any Aboriginal community or group that may be affected by the proposed action has been consulted and has had adequate opportunity to express its view to the Land Council.

    (3)     In this section:

"area", in relation to a Land Council, has the same meaning as in ALRA.

park freehold title has the same meaning as in the Framework Act.

"Park Land Trust" has the same meaning as in the Framework Act.



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