Lifting the Bar -Benchmark Agreement making in the Kimberley

Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Wayne Bergmann
Zoe Ramsay
Rob Houston

Native Title Agreements in the Kimberley continue to set new benchmarks for traditional owners both in terms of commercial value and also in terms of environmental and heritage protection. We look at some of the strategies that have underpinned this success and how the structure underpinning these strategies has developed through the establishment of KRED and KRED Legal. 

The first part of the session will look at how the benchmarks in Kimberley native title agreements and the traditional owner rules for development have developed over time and how these are reflected in commercial agreements.

The 2nd part of the session will look at different strategies that have been used in the Kimberley to support these benchmarks and to supplement the fairly weak procedural rights that native title groups receive under the Native Title Act and heritage legislation.