June 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Chairperson Errol Neal of the North Queensland Land Council and Colleen Wall Chairperson of Queensland South Native Title Services signed the first MOU as required by Section 203BD of the Native Title Act about how cross border claims are managed in Alice Springs on 6 June 2013.

Chairperson Neal noted that this MOU heralded in a new era of cooperation between the two neighbouring Native Title organisations. Chairperson Wall noted that Aboriginal cultural boundaries did not match the representative bodies’ boundaries so there would always be some claims that would span the two regions. Several members of both Boards witnessed the historic event as well as the CEO of the North Queensland Land Council Ian Kuch, Principal Legal Officer Martin Dore and the Principal Legal Officer of the QSNTS Tim Wishart. Both organisations acknowledged the positive role of their respective staff in drafting the document which had been previously approved by both Boards, prior to the signing event.